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 family vacation planner to arrange your visit to The Kauri Museum and other attractions in Matakohe.
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  • Surprisingly large place with lots of interesting exhibits. Tree samples, lumberyard, furniture, huge Gum (amber) display and lots of photos of the harvesting of these trees. Gives a good idea of just...  more »
  • I'm not really a museum person but the Kauri museum is a must see. It's very varied with exhibits of the kauri wood & furniture, a whole vault full of gum (like amber), the history of logging the wood...  more »
  • Great museum with a huge collection "kauri-gum" and all with Kauri. Beautiful exhibited by means of "rooms" with nearly real people and their utensils. Educational and entertaining!
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  • This place is outstanding, kids loved it too. Has some amazing stuff there to see. I loved the most, how it felt like a bit of a step back in time to be honest!!! Something about old NZ still lingers here. You can almost imagine the gum diggers still chippin away...... Loved it, definitely stop in.
  • This was utterly incredible to go to . Hubby reckoned it was 12/10 ... and I"m sure the kids did too. Thanks so much, was here 20 years ago and loved it just the same :)
  • 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.
  • Nice expensive museum