The Kauri Museum, Matakohe

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History Museum
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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  • The museum was informative, well laid out and had a modern approach to history, The antique furniture was amazing and the huge slabs of kauri were great to see close up. My husband appreciated the wor...  more »
  • Our guide Dan from Waitangi treaty grounds told us to put it on our must do list. This place would be the best local museum we have seen it takes a minimum of 2 hours to see it all . The staff were lo...  more »
  • The Kauri Museum is based around the original Kauri trees harvested in New Zealand. The antique furniture that was hand made at the turn of the century will absolutely astound you. It is displayed in ...  more »
  • What a wonderful place.Loved how authentic it was,the exhibits covering human history of the people that lived and worked in the surrounding areas.Who knew a timber museum could be so interesting and was captivated by the stories of the people that once lived there and the age of the timber buried in the swamps.Thanks also to the lady who have us $5 off each as there was a group of 6 of us.Thank you and keep it up
  • A wonderful surprise to sum it all up. If you love anything mechanical and an antique, this is your place. You can spend all day wondering around. It's so much more than just about trees. Definitely worth the admission price. No regrets here!
  • Could consider 5 starts but I preferred not entering the museum due to longer duration of the tour offered. It's by choice. Prefer allotting 3 hours if you are interested in Kauri trees crafts and mechanics.
  • Awesome place to so much History a must see if you in the area,and for a coffee and food go to Gumdiggers across the road.
  • We hired a car and toured around the north island for 3 weeks, about 6 years ago. It was great!! But our unplanned and surprise visit to the Kauri Museum was OUTSTANDING!! We still talk about it - often. The trees themselves, the logging industry, the museum!! WOW!! Who knew!! Highly recommended to visit - or if you can't, a least do a bit of research about these trees - AMAZING!! And we're from Canada - we've got (what's left) of some pretty big ones here, too.