The Kauri Museum

The Kauri Museum


79 Rankers Reviews

62 Face-to-Face

10 Dargaville

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The Kauri Museum is located approximately 90 minutes drive north of Auckland, in the rural backdrop of Matakohe. With truly stunning collections The Kauri Museum offers something unique, and will amaze all with galleries of lifelike scenes of pioneering life. With over 4,500 sq metres of undercover exhibits The Kauri Museum is the largest undercover attraction in Northland, with the theme and focal point of the mighty Kauri in mind. Displays which include the largest collection of Kauri Gum in the world, a fully furnished 1900s kauri house occupied with dressed models, the largest collection of Kauri furniture in the world, a huge 22 metre long Kauri slab and a magnificent collection of original photographs and pioneering memorabilia.
The Kauri Museum give a fascinating insight into what life was like for our early pioneering settlers and shows through the galleries the demise of the mighty Kauri Tree, through the development of pioneering life.
The Kauri Museum is a true masterpiece of Real New Zealand Heritage.


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Andrea Mueller


Ranking: 9/10

A museum where you can spend a lot of time. Good before you are going to see the kauri trees. The museum is very interesting and varied.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Rik van der Niet


Ranking: 9/10

Great museum, learned a lot of the history of this great tree! Hard to see what mankind does to nature for profit.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Evelyn Rloeh


Ranking: 8/10

Educational value, I loved the gum collection.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Michelle Smit


Ranking: 9/10

We were told about this museum before we left home, so made a point of visiting. We were not disappointed. It is a huge museum dedicated to the history of kauri logging and the pioneers of the area. It is a credit to the creators, all is in great condition and very informative. There is a lot to take in, so be prepared to spend the whole day, or even 2 days (which your ticket allows) if you want to get your money's worth.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Felix Sternke


Ranking: 7/10

Really interesting and huge museum.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Sara Clausen


Ranking: 8/10

Interesting and informative. The kids 2 and 5 years also thought it was fun.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Julia Ahrend


Ranking: 5/10

A little bit boring, definitely not worth the $35 we spent on it, but very informative.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Mark Hayes

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Understated but marvellous museum and a must see before venturing into the woods to meet living Kauri.

Inside an unassuming building is a treasure trove of archive material. The museum lays bare the story of Kauri logging, deforestation and destruction of the pristine landscape but it does this in a way that allows you to feel great sympathy for the individuals doing the logging, for they lead truly hard lives for very little material gain. The saddest thing for me is that it also shows how slowly we learn and how we still condone the ongoing devastation of our forests worldwide.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago