The Kauri Museum, Matakohe

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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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  • Such an interesting place. Who would've thought wood would be so groovy? There were giant Kauri logs, tables, carvings, huge chain saws, old machinery. There were allot more exhibits than I had expect...  more »
  • On our recent trip to the Bay of Islands we made the effort to go West from Highway 1 to see this museum. I am very pleased we did. This tree is of great significance to the history of this country an...  more »
  • Fromoutside doesn't look very big andI thought what can be so interesting about a tree! Well I came out enlightened with the history and facts about this huge tree and its uses and the abuses of it ov...  more »
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  • Full credit to the people who made the decision to make a museum in the area of the trees that are truly ours. The museum is outstanding. You could spend all day there with no trouble. The guides are so knowledgeable of everything within and the history of the area.well done.
  • So much history... parts of the display are interactive. Set out so you can take as little or as much time as you want. Larger than expected... worth stopping to get a feel for what it was like in earlier days in NZ.
  • Wow. We took a group of kids and they really liked the displays. I saw it for the first time as well. It was great to see the moving machinery, to be able to feel and touch the great polished kauri pieces. We were only there for an hour, but i could have stayed longer. I will be back.
  • This in an excellent museum, set in picturesque Northland countryside, has grown in both depth and breadth over the years. It's collection focuses on the Kauri tree and the people and processes which transformed these giants if the forest into a range of products from magnificent homes and boardroom tables, to decorative gum, linoleum and varnish. The range of exhibits from the grand homes, boarding houses and bush huts, through the fascinating range of live machinery exhibits, to the wonderful collection of photographs, mean that there will be something for everyone. Anyone hoping to take a look at the entire, beautifully curated, collection should set aside at least two hours. The main museum now stands at the centre of a collection of historical buildings and machibery from the Matakohe area including the Post and Telegraph office, the tiny chapel, and rose garden. Around it are good cafes for those who wish to break their visit for a meal or just coffee.
  • This is not a half hour museum! It has unique collections rescued from all around the area. If you can’t do it all in one hit, no problem, entry is good over 2 days.

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