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Address: 229 State Highway 1F, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-406 7172

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We were dropped off at this establishment by our coach driver on our NZ Tour. It was interesting in that there were some very beautiful carvings made from the ancient kauri trees... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 September 2016
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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349 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We were dropped off at this establishment by our coach driver on our NZ Tour. It was interesting in that there were some very beautiful carvings made from the ancient kauri trees, excavated locally. prices of the goods were however very expensive. The attached cafe had a very limited menu, which was disappointing when we were hungry and thirsty after... More 

Whakatane, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Was looking forward to seeing this place. Did the research via website which said open 7 days a week 8am to 5pm. We set out, heading north. After a couple of hours driving we came across a huge road sign advertising the Ancient Kauri Museum 5 km ahead. We arrived at 11.05 am and it was closed. The place looked... More 

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Napier, New Zealand
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109 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

Great stuff to see but incredibly difficult to buy anything. We waited, rang the bell and then went to the other side to ask the cafe who was working in the shop. The lady explained that staff cuts meant one person was meant to service both sides and three tour buses had come in at the same time. Good to... More 

Thank Aussie20142014
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

This place is used by the tour buses as a coffee stop on their way north and to clean the coach on the way back. There is a good selection of wooden craft items on sale, but what is worth a look is the large wooden staircase crafted from a single Ancient Kauri stump. The café is OK but nothing... More 

Thank electrickev
Prague, Czech Republic
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38 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

We went here to buy some Kauri gifts for our overseas relatives. The place was packed and there was no staff on the gift counter. There was a sign saying to ring the bell for service. The people at the front of the queue rang the bell and nothing happened. After a while they rang it again and nothing happened.... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

This is a local wood workshop with a cafe attached more than a tourist attraction. Although it was interesting to see a large wooden staircase crafted from a single Ancient Kauri stump and a few old images of gum diggers etc, there was little else to see. Not a bad place to stop for a coffee or an icecream on... More 

2 Thank Rikki B
Kibworth Beauchamp, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

This is predominantly a retail outlet - with attached cafe - but does have some interesting pieces of furniture for sale and a magnificent staircase constructed from a single kauri tree trunk. If you have $US2.5m to spare it can be yours.

Thank Kirkstead
Toowoomba, Australia
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71 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

dropped by for a coffee which was great and spent some time looking around...well worth the visit give it a go

Thank TheKernel01
Clackamas County, Oregon
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159 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

Tsunamis have leveled the far north in the past, burying kauri forests. Some of those ancient trees haven't decayed, are retrieved, and used to manufacture works of art. These objects have a wonderful history. I would have enjoyed seeing more wooden bowls, but our son purchased ancient kauri wooden chopsticks for a very reasonable price.

Thank Raelene L
Seabrook, Texas
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

We stopped here with a bus tour, but we would have stopped if we were traveling on our own anyway just to see the awesome staircase carved out of a Kauri tree...it is huge and just spectacular! There are also other very large and unique carved pieces that we enjoyed seeing plus the Kauri trees outside. There is a gift... More 

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