New Zealand

The Kauri Museum


The award winning Kauri Museum, Matakohe, Northland tells the story of New Zealand's pioneering settlers through the lens of the Kauri industry.  The Museum specialises in the legacy of the Kauri forests; specifically the strong durable timber and the highly prized gum.

The Museum's complex includes 10 galleries, 3 heritage buildings (a pioneer church, post office and school) and includes the world's largest collection of kauri gum.

Open 9.00am to 5.00pm daily (closed Christmas Day).

The Ageless Kauri Tree Story

The ancestors of New Zealand’s  ancient kauri tree first appeared on this landscape more than 200 million years ago. This educational tour allows interaction with collections and uncovering of  the past including ancient lignites and swamp kauri that are tens of thousands of years old. Learn about the impact of man and introduced species to New Zealand and can be done to help “Keep Kauri Standing” for future generations to come.

Highlights Tour of The Kauri Museum

This tour is perfect for those who are short on time and want to make sure they cover the  top ten highlights of The Kauri Museum Collection. Don’t miss photo opportunities with the impressive 22m long Balderston kauri and unlock the secrets hidden within Aladdins Cave. Take home insights and information that happens behind the scenes and the stories that help shaped New Zealand.


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