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“Fabulous museum on the North Island, New Zealand”
Review of The Kauri Museum

The Kauri Museum
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Private Tour: 5-Day Auckland and Bay of Islands Trip
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Matakohe
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Owner description: The Kauri Museum tells the story of the mighty kauri tree, its fascinating gum and pioneering past. The Kauri tree is the focal point and theme of this museum, showing the different stages of how this giant wonder fueled industries that sustained communities of the early settlers. The Museum has over 4,500 sq mtrs of undercover attraction, and is a 'Must See'! Visit our heritage Museum en route to the ancient kauri trees in the Waipoua Forest. Visitor Information Centre on site with main focus on the western route of the Twin Coast Discovery Highway and Northland. Disabled friendly, lots of free parking spaces available, accommodation and cafes nearby. Location: 5 Church Road, Matakohe, New Zealand 0593 Hours: Mon - Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Open every day except Christmas Day)
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Salinas, California, United States
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fabulous museum on the North Island, New Zealand”
Reviewed 15 November 2013

This museum has added displays since we were last there. There is an amazing recreation of the equipment used for felling trees, transporting logs, milling lumber and collecting Kauri gum. Life-like mannequins represent local settler families. The Otamateo Boarding House is a two-story replica based on the boarding houses in the early 1900s. There is a pioneer post office and church and school, and an amazing exhibition of carved and specimen pieces of New Zealand amber. We spent several hours there and were delighted. It is a very professional museum.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank Anne H
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“The Best”
Reviewed 12 November 2013

This was not promoted to us but I had done a little reading and was not disappointed. Have some time as this is huge, they even allow pass outs or return trips. This would have to be one of the best museums I have visited and the attention to detail was incrediable. The collection and history in all its glory is on display. You will not be disappointed. I guess due to it being on the west coast puts in out of range for some. Make sure you make the time to visit.

Visited December 2012
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Dannevirke, New Zealand
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Plan to spend time here”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

Matakohe is a small town, off the beaten track and well worth the detour. The presentation is very professionally done up to international standard, not normally found in a small town museum. The high entry price however also reflects this. The exhibits are well laid out and tell their story in full detail; a great slice of New Zealand History is preserved here. Photographs are permitted so bring your camera

Visited November 2013
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Milan, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Lots of info and fine specimens, just for a tree! But not cheap”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

This museum has something for (almost) everyone: huge kauri trunks for the nature-lovers, engine-powered saws for the tech-oriented,then old pictures of the bushmen and their stories... And last but not least, fine "gems" and artifacts, made from kauri gum. Only negative remark: a bit too expensive, when compared with other attractions

Visited November 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The Kauri Museum, a must see”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

I've lived in NZ for 40 years but this was my first visit to The Kauri Museum. In some ways I'm sorry I waited so long, on the other hand, there have been many recent and significant additions that are well worth seeing. Its not just about Kauri wood and gum, but the pioneers and their life in NZ 100+ year ago. Plan to spend a couple of hours looking around, there is that much to see. The $25 entry fee was a little steep, especially for NZ, but since its privately owned and run, so my (and your) taxes don't support this museum.

Visited November 2013
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