The Kauri Museum

The Kauri Museum

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Andrea Mueller

Switzerland

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 about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Rik van der Niet

Netherlands

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 almost 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Evelyn Rloeh

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Educational value, I loved the gum collection.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Michelle Smit

Australia

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 over 4 years ago

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Felix Sternke

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Really interesting and huge museum.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Sara Clausen

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Julia Ahrend

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

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

Reviewed almost 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 over 7 years ago

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Ingrid

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Interesting history of kauri. The scale of kauri in relation to the products. The entire industry and how it is protected today.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Sue Bahr

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

My husband and I visited this year in January. We arrived in our 7 metre Nissan Bus - plenty of parking and a turning point at the end of the road. The Kauri Museum was amazing - we couldnt believe how great it was. We have visited many over the years and whoopee!! here this Museum was, tucked away. The historical collection of the show-cases, beautifully done (even we, could relate to what our grand-parents had in their homes, memories galore), the stories you could read on the wall or through dvd's and equipment of so much donated history by families. Machinery that was going or working just for you personally 'by a push of the button' . A gift shop with reasonably priced gifts to buy and very clean and plenty of toilets which are a must
when travelling through. The Staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. This is certainly an icon for New Zealand and I was surprised in our travels up North that travellers and visitors to N.Z. had not heard of it.... come-on!! go and see for your selves.. you won't be disappointed.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Leo

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very surprising collection about life and work on kauri trees.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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KDS_Holiday

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

I was surprised - I only went for my husband but actually found it to be interesting as well.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Wolfgang Beute

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very, very good.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Heiner Reinecke

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Interesting.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Markus Frei

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Great museum to go back in time to see how they lived these years and how they had to work. Very impressive and a huge museum, there is something for everyone in there.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Martin Beuker

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Good and informative. Nice pictures documented. Maybe more interactive things for children!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Melinda Moir

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Great museum for trees and local development.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Merlyn

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice museum, friendly personnel.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Richard Harvey

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Very good indeed and an excellent experience.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Frans

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Big museum, very clean and how the people worked in the old days, hard work.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Charlotte

United States

Ranking: 9/10

This is a must for people visting the kauri forests. It was very informative.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Andreas Kofod-Hansen

Denmark

Ranking: 6/10

Interesting to see the part strictly about the kauri trees, but some of the other stuff (machinery etc) were quite generic and can be seen in many other places.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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John Jacobs

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

From all museums seen in New Zealand in 25 years - I still think it was the best..... I felt like a kid visiting Santa Claus paradise.....

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in January 2012

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Jack van den Nieuwendyk

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very good. All the stuff needed is there. Not only the tree but also the lifestyle, the way of working and the way of using it all well shown.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Ron & Hannah de Reuver

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Unique and well equipped.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Herman Plasman

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Entry very expensive, but museum was very nice.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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rgoodwi3

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful museum, but $25 to get in is a bit high. A definite must-do. They have some really unique exhibits - very different than Te Papa or Auckland museum.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Robin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This is a Credit to Northland, started by a group of dedicated volunteers - now one of the best in New Zealand. Very well done all round. Have been a few times

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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wolfangel

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

One of the best museums we have ever visited, despite it's relatively small size it was excellent.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Michael Simmang

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very interesting!!! Good prepared!!!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Amanda Neall

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Great place and easily missed. Had replica Kauri saw mill inside, lots of history, well put together.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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De Groot

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very very nice.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Jan Visser

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Enough information in dutch.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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John Allen

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

One of the best museums we have ever visited, despite it's relatively small size it was excellent.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Roach

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Much more to see than we expected - a fascinating visit, with a well presented display. Best seen before going to visit the kauri forests.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Matt

England

Ranking: 8/10

Superb but too many tack souveneirs. Made from what looked like kauri wood.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Andrew Hammond

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Ver extensive museum that covers all aspects of the Kauri history. Very well layed out with very well presented dsiplays that really make you feel part of the era. Very friendly staff and excellent facilities.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Monica Askew

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Well worth a visit.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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Mike Howe

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

A real gem hidden away from all the fanfare. From the outside you have no idea how much you're in store for.

We were advised to walk right through the entire museum to the very back and then walk back. This is a good idea otherwise we'd have had no idea how long it might take to investigate the whole place.

Could easily have spent 5-6 hours if the kids hadn't mentally worn down.

Definitely check out the kauri gum collection downstairs too.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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AlisonB

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent museum, which gave a wonderful insight into the old logging industry and conditions the workers endured. It really brought the pioneering spirit to life, albeit a grim hard existence. We spent over 2 hours there. Recommended.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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snodge

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

they were having power difficulties the day we went so some galleries weren't really too visible including the kauri gum collection.
the museum has extensive information about kauri and kauri gum digging. Machinery and a section from a large felled tree which can be compared with the other large kauri that have been known. This side of things was very sad I thought. A bit like a war memorial as so many of these great and ancient giants have been obliterated.

I was surprised to find that there is also a fairly extensive general museum with mock up shops and scenes, and a celebration of boarding houses from days gone by with photos and information about examples from across the region and a huge mock up of a multistoried boardign house in the museum itself.
and some information about the Waipoua Forest Trust and what they are doing to support the forest and replant more and how you can help with that effort - easiest is to give money.

Definitely worth a visit.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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M and H Lunn

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Informative - an obscure but of history brought to life.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Ivo Braakhuis

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Wonderfull museum with heaps of information about Kauri Wood. Definitely worth a visit.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Helen Power

England

Ranking: 9/10

fascinating story of the kauri tree.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Lamb

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

This was so interesting that we went for the morning and stayed all day with a lunch break

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Ake Erlandsson

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

About the big trees and the thing around it sawmills and machinery and stuff.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Bernard Misfud

France

Ranking: 9/10

Quite good for us to understand history of NZ

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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KYinNZ

United States

Ranking: 8/10

I really liked this museum. Tip for other travelers: Visit this museum BEFORE seeing the big Kauri trees; then it all makes morev sense.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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straw64

New Zealand

Ranking: 5/10

Unfortunately ... this Museum is not good. If you are into hisotry - okay, but the Museum is rather boring.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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MargaretH

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant - superb historical content displays and prestentation.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Zeeman

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Ian S

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

If you're interested in wood, its for you, otherwise give it a miss.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Oliver

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

Great trees, boring museum.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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bobmcg

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

I never knew a museum about wood could be so interesting. Particularly liked the dislays of machinery.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Tony

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Like nothing else. Very special.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Liz

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent displays - kauri trees, timber getters, gun display and local history.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Johannes Kerner

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

A very interesting museum - stunning displasy and very informative. I suggest going there BEFORE seeing the large Kauri in Waipoua Forest.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Jo and Tony

England

Ranking: 10/10

The best museum we have seen!

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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helga

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent. very informative but far from the boring stiff museum type. a must do.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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David Buckley

Ranking: 10/10

11 out of 10!! Stunning museum.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Nathalie Meunier

France

Ranking: 6/10

Good museum, but when we went to see it we couldn't see the size of the giant Kauri very well.

Reviewed about 13 years ago

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Lisbeth Johansson

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

Really something - the forests are great too.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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beesom

England

Ranking: 9/10

Worth taking a detour for this.

Reviewed over 13 years ago and experienced in February 2007