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“If you are interested in Kauri -- then make sure you go”
Review of The Kauri Museum

The Kauri Museum
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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 May 2, 2009

As others said -- this has an amazing amount and variety of history and exhibits -- which was all put together by volunteers. If you came to see the forest, then don't miss the museum to provide the context.

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Reviewed November 25, 2008

The name sounds like some roadside attraction along Route 66, but it is certainly not that. The Kauri Museum is a first rate place to see. It is located close to the town of Matakohe,situated on a knoll next to a beautiful church, surrounded by drop dead gorgeous pasture lands. Amazingly, it is in the middle of no where special, but it's very picturesque and serene. Inside they keep huge collections of all things kauri and some exhibits of native tree woods. There is an amazing collection of kauri amber (called 'gum')-something to see.To show how big a kauri is, they have taken a cross section, top to bottom, of a kauri and laid it on it's side-it fills a warehouse. There is even a full mock-up of an 18th century kauri saw mill, with all the special tools and saws and climbers it took to bring the trees to the mill. Once again, an amazing display.
There is a cafe associated with the museum that we liked a lot. They have a wonderful view to enjoy while you eat. They make a great lamb burger-don't miss that!
If you like the peace and serenity of the area, there are a couple B&Bs right there.
The Kauri Museum is off the beaten track,but if you are anywhere near Northland,it will be time well spent to drive over and enjoy it.

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Reviewed June 4, 2005

The Kauri Museum is a wonderful museum; particularly if you are interested in how life in New Zealand was in the late 1800s through the mid-1900s, or if you are interested in trees or the logging industry.

Not only does the museum feature a steam sawmill and lots of information on the trees in the Northland, it has a recreation of a 1900s-era house, furniture, carvings, photos, etc. We went in the afternoon and spent almost three hours there. We only left because they were closing.

The price is reasonable to get in and the gift shop has lots of beautiful items. I definately recommend it.

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