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The Kauri Museum
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$21.00*
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Story of New Zealand's oldest living resident 'The Kauri Tree'
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Matakohe
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Owner description: The Kauri Museum tells the story of the mighty kauri tree, its fascinating gum and pioneering past. The Kauri tree is the focal point and theme of this museum, showing the different stages of how this giant wonder fueled industries that sustained communities of the early settlers. The Museum has over 4,500 sq mtrs of undercover attraction, and is a 'Must See'! Visit our heritage Museum en route to the ancient kauri trees in the Waipoua Forest. Visitor Information Centre on site with main focus on the western route of the Twin Coast Discovery Highway and Northland. Disabled friendly, lots of free parking spaces available, accommodation and cafes nearby. Location: 5 Church Road, Matakohe, New Zealand 0593 Hours: Mon - Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Open every day except Christmas Day)
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

Who would have thought that a museum about just one species of tree could be so fascinating? This museum is not just about the kauri tree but about the whole social history of those whose lives revolved round it from the early pioneer days. I loved the living history reconstructions, especially the concept of modelling the life-sized figures on modern day relatives of those they were portraying! The sheer size of the trees and the amazing way in which they were felled and taken for processing were reflected in the many interesting displays. Watch out though, it's easy to miss out on an area when trying to find your way around.

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Kaurimuseum, Manager at The Kauri Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2014

Thank you very much for your visit and comments regarding The Kauri Museum displays

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Reviewed March 12, 2014

What a special treat this was. Great working models which showed exactly how things worked; a great collection of photos and some unbelievable pieces of kauri. If I had known how good this was I would have planned to spend half a day at least! Congratulations to the dedicated volunteers and staff who have built such a wonderful museum.

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Kaurimuseum, Manager at The Kauri Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2014

Thank you very much for your lovely comment. We have many dedicated Volunteers who contribute to making our museum an excellent place to visit.

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Reviewed March 11, 2014

Make sure that you allow plenty of time to wander around the Matakohe Kauri Museaum. It is so worth visiting. You will walk out of there with absolute admiration for Northlands early settlers.

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Reviewed March 7, 2014

This kauri museum has been extended in size since I was last here. Offers up an insight into the pioneers and the milling of kauri and obtaining gum from the trees - very comprehensive detailed displays and exhibits. A great stop for people travelling up to the Bay of Islands from Auckland via Dargaville and the Hokianga Harbour. There is also an original school with its classroom and a pioneer church. Good refreshments, tea and coffee at the Gumdiggers Tearooms across the road.

Thank Lesley B
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

You could spend hours here if you really wanted to. So interesting if you like delving back to how things were done years ago. It must have been really tough work and long hours.

Thank Kathleen D
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