The Kauri Museum, Matakohe

4.6
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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  • Don’t let scepticism about a museum dedicated to trees, fob you off. Your jaw will drop as you enter this vast and impressive place, with more than 4500 sq m of exhibits. Everything that pertains to t...  more »
  • We visited the Museum before continuing onto the living trees in Trounson Kauri Park. This museum is slightly overwhelming as it holds so much and the way everything is displayed is amazing; not just ...  more »
  • A hugely informative museum about kauri and the people whose livelihoods depended on it. It gives you the opportunity to understand a little of the hardships our pioneers faced when milling kauri and ...  more »
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  • If you call in past the Kauri Museum in Matahohe in the North West of New Zealand you are in for a treat. Detailing the history of the logging industry and life you will be amazed at what is on show. Models depicting real people of the times at work and at play are scattered around the museum and we found them to be very realistic. There are so many interesting artifacts on show you could easily spend the whole day in the museum absorbing all of the visual displays and taking in all of the available information.
  • VERY worth a visit. A great re-creation of life in early New Zealand, especially in the Northland region. The Kauri Museum depicts the great many ways in which the mighty Kauri tree, as well as it's gum resin, played a central role in many fledgling colonial New Zealand communities.
  • What an interesting museum, that is well worth a visit to learn about Kauri trees. The building looks tiny from the outside but you can lose yourself in their for hours looking at the Kauri gum, trees and machinery. Suitable for all ages.
  • Amazing place well worth a visit. Great value for money. Best museum I've been 2
  • Fascinating museum lovingly put together. Well worth a visit. The cafe also makes lots of homemade treats .
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