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.
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  • Excellent if Anglocentric museum. A lot to see including a magnificent collection of Kauri 'amber' (They call it gum). Highly informative with fascinating range of machinery used over the years. We we...  more »
  • The museum was very detailed, but too many static displays for Mr 5 and 7 to engage in. Would not recommend for active children. An educational way to spend half a day to make the entry fee worth it!!  more »
  • Possibly the best museum I have been to. Even our 10 year old was fascinated learning about the Kauri and how it was felled and milled and the way people lived back in those times. we spent 2 hours th...  more »
  • What a truly amazing place. In addition to an excellent overview of the magnificent Kauri tree and the history there were collections of so many other things. My husband particularly enjoyed the chainsaw exhibition😁 We only had a couple of hours to spare which really wasn't time to do it justice but a place not to be missed if you are travelling through NZ Sian UK
  • This was an amazing visit i would highly recommend the museum to others. Amazing history an eye opener to how hard it was in every aspect for the settlers. A credit to those who work at keeping the machinery and the hisory alive. Very welcoming experience
  • A must if you are able too. Tells all about of history when the Kauri trees started to be used for gum and lots more. Amazing items to be seen and experienced
  • Really interesting place to visit. Lots of information and history about early settlement in Northland. Something for everyone to look at, lots of machinery for the boys, lots of detail and examples of life as an early settler woman.
  • Love the history of the Kaipara area depicted in realistic mannequins & settings The best place to visit for interesting & detailed info around the iconic Kauri tree & the logging industry with working machinery The staff are knowledgeable helpful & friendly Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience ☺️

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