The Kauri Museum, Matakohe

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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  • Visited the museum on our way to the Bay of Islands. It is a very well laid out museum and shows the history of the Kauri trees and the pioneering days of the families that worked the land. You need a...  more »
  • Every October for one day, an advertised Settlers Day has live action in and around the display. Including vintage vehicles, sidesaddle horses, billy tea, craft and collection displays and live music....  more »
  • An excellent museum. Well laid out, very interesting and informative. It is not a place to just drop in for a few minutes. Visitors need at least 2 hour and probably 3 to do it justice. Even if it req...  more »
  • Massive very well presented museum. A real 'eye opener' for all. A real must to embrace the culture, history, successes and struggles of the past. Don't go to the restaurant opposite, rude and no consideration of their guests. Would not have had it not been part of the Grand Pacific Tours.
  • This is an excellent museum with some fascinating stories and pieces. It is about the rich history of kauri in the area. Well worth the visit, I spent over 2 hours here.
  • I love the historical value of this place. It was extremely well set out and very informative
  • Spend the day here - imersed in history. Great cafe as well
  • Great place to spend an hour or two learning the history of the region.

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