The Kauri Museum, Matakohe
(4.7/5 based on 500+ 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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  • Great range of displays which tell the stories of the people involved in Kauri lumbering and the need for conservation of this unique resource. Friendly and helpful staff (presumable volunteers). Set ...  more »
  • A surprisingly wonderful collection of objects, so well displayed and interpreted. The history of forestry activities related to harvesting Kauri is told through a impressive and comprehensive collect...  more »
  • I took my American friends on a visit to this museum. They were delighted with everything they experienced there. The 90 or so minutes drive from Auckland City was pleasant and they were able to enjoy...  more »
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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