The Kauri Museum, Matakohe

Categories: History Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web
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 family vacation planner to arrange your visit to The Kauri Museum and other attractions in Matakohe.
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  • Excellent place to visit & mostly maintained by volunteers. Fabulous displays both static & working. Great to learn about the history of the Kauri trees, the people & equipment used & all the lovely i...  read more »
  • The museum was great - after a short talk about Kauri, we wondered around the place learning about the history and use over the years.Very well laid out and informative - there were excellent examples...  read more »
  • Very interesting and informative. Well worth a visit. Very interesting for anyone who likes history and how Kauri wood was harvested over the years and many beautiful pieces of finished furniture. 
  • Do not miss this. I can't believe I have lived in the north for 13 years and this was our first trip. This is one of the best heritage attractions in NZ. Will be back soon.
  • Really nice museum. It's a must see to understand the importance of the Kauri for New Zealanders.
  • A good place to understand the importance of Kauri to New Zealanders. A knowledgeable museum with a variety of exhibits related to Kairi.
  • EXCELLENT MUSEUM - plus professional TEMPORARY and touring exhibitions from ART Awards to WOOL and MAGIC LANTERN SHOW (with interactive science of light exhibition for school kids) ..... A LOT BIGGER THAN YOU WILL EXPECT SO GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME IN THE DAY TO GO AROUND....LOTS of rooms and different buildings and heaps of very professional displays covering a HUGE area..... In fact it's great to go over the road to the Museum GUMDIGGERS Cafe and refresh yourself then go back in for a second round !! Just needs (even) more details of the events on the website for temporary exhibitions (plus costs to locals etc) so that we don't have to ring up for information details every time we want to go to a temporary exhibition or event, and spend time sifting through the information to find the opening times and entry fees etc. Including relevant things like HOW LONG the Magic lantern show goes for, and what age groups would find it of interest etc, and the costs of the various temporary exhibitions, particularly to locals who may go a number of times during the year. And publicise any reductions for locals - especially if locals can get in free when they bring numbers of their own visitors to see the museum and/or the temporary diaplays at different times during the year (instead of individuals having to ring up to find out how much a given exhibition would cost them - and their visitors - which people DON'T DO - so they DON''T GO ! ANd in this general downturn of NZ economy and tourist downturn - the museum NEEDS ALL THE VISITORS IT CAN GET - SO PLEASE ENCOURAGE LOCALS THIS WAY - we are one of your 3 main sources of visitor numbers/income. )
  • A lot of interesting stuff there. Mostly I like area with moving dummies with chainsaws.
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