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.
Create an itinerary including The Kauri Museum
The Kauri Museum Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
614 reviews
  • October 11, 2017
    It's been a while since I last visited. There werexsome new things to look at as well as the core kauri displays. An interesting exhibit on Gordon Coates was new. Well worth 3 hours for a thorough vis...  more »
  • October 5, 2017
    Part of a Grand Pacific bus tour. I found the museum very interesting and informative. There is a so many rooms and sections if interest. Both kauri trees (wood) and kauri gum (polished and raw) is on...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    A wonderful museum providing a thorough insight in to the kauri industry and pioneering spirit which helped develop northland. Recommend asking one of the guides to give you a quick tour then take you...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    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.
  • June 19, 2017
    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.
  • July 26, 2017
    I love the historical value of this place. It was extremely well set out and very informative
  • August 25, 2017
    Spend the day here - imersed in history. Great cafe as well
  • September 14, 2017
    Great place to spend an hour or two learning the history of the region.

Plan your trip to Matakohe

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Matakohe

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor