The Kauri Museum, Matakohe

4.6
Must see · History Museum · Museum
Delve into the history of some of the nation's first European settlers at The Kauri Museum, documenting the profound impact of the local forestry industry. Visit the museum's extensive undercover outdoor grounds, housing an array of artifacts and displays related to the harvesting of indigenous kauri trees and the lives of 19th-century pioneers. You'll find, among other things, sets of kauri-wood furniture, period clothing, a working sawmill, and even a gigantic kauri tree stump. Don't miss the displays detailing the usages of kauri gum, a resin extracted from the trees and turned into intricate artwork, fire starters, and more. Use our Matakohe online trip itinerary planner to add The Kauri Museum and other attractions to your Matakohe vacation plans.
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  • Definitely worth a visit. A huge museum with so much to see including the history of the kauri timber industry, kauri gum, and early settlers to the region. Great displays of furniture and milling...  more »
  • This museum is great value for money. There are so many different galleries that cover the mighty kauri tree, Kauri gum and gum diggers, early life in Matakohe and the people, taonga, Kauri gum art...  more »
  • This museum was recommended by friends who had recently visited. We visited on their recommendation, not really being a museum person. So pleased we went, this is a very complete history of the...  more »
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  • If you call in past the Kauri Museum in Matahohe in the North West of New Zealand you are in for a treat. Detailing the history of the logging industry and life you will be amazed at what is on show. Models depicting real people of the times at work and at play are scattered around the museum and we found them to be very realistic. There are so many interesting artifacts on show you could easily spend the whole day in the museum absorbing all of the visual displays and taking in all of the available information.
  • VERY worth a visit. A great re-creation of life in early New Zealand, especially in the Northland region. The Kauri Museum depicts the great many ways in which the mighty Kauri tree, as well as it's gum resin, played a central role in many fledgling colonial New Zealand communities.
  • What an interesting museum, that is well worth a visit to learn about Kauri trees. The building looks tiny from the outside but you can lose yourself in their for hours looking at the Kauri gum, trees and machinery. Suitable for all ages.
  • Amazing place well worth a visit. Great value for money. Best museum I've been 2
  • Fascinating museum lovingly put together. Well worth a visit. The cafe also makes lots of homemade treats .

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