The Kauri Museum, Matakohe

Delve into the history of some of the nation's first European settlers at The Kauri Museum, documenting the profound impact of the local forestry industry. Visit the museum's extensive undercover outdoor grounds, housing an array of artifacts and displays related to the harvesting of indigenous kauri trees and the lives of 19th-century pioneers. You'll find, among other things, sets of kauri-wood furniture, period clothing, a working sawmill, and even a gigantic kauri tree stump. Don't miss the displays detailing the usages of kauri gum, a resin extracted from the trees and turned into intricate artwork, fire starters, and more. Use our Matakohe online trip itinerary planner to add The Kauri Museum and other attractions to your Matakohe vacation plans.
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  • There was and i guess still is about the stories of the gum diggers in a time of making a new life in a raw country still in its infancy. My father was the head machinest of the Sovereign Woodworkers ...  more »
  • We had visited it more than 20 years ago and we wanted to confront our memories with reality. We stayed there for 3 hours, rediscovering the hard life of the pioneers, admiring the noble wood that is the kauri, praising the ingenuity of men who invent machines to work in better conditions, lamenting the stupidity of the men who cut into forty-six years of New Zealand's kauris. Volunteers are very available and take the time to tell you the story of this industry and this region. We would brighten up the time to go and admire the church, the post office and the school. The commitment that the teachers made is incredible: to light the fire at 7 o'clock, not to wear light colors, not to dye their hair, not to go out between 22pm and 6am and I forget about it.
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  • If you call in past the Kauri Museum in Matahohe in the North West of New Zealand you are in for a treat. Detailing the history of the logging industry and life you will be amazed at what is on show. Models depicting real people of the times at work and at play are scattered around the museum and we found them to be very realistic. There are so many interesting artifacts on show you could easily spend the whole day in the museum absorbing all of the visual displays and taking in all of the available information.
  • VERY worth a visit. A great re-creation of life in early New Zealand, especially in the Northland region. The Kauri Museum depicts the great many ways in which the mighty Kauri tree, as well as it's gum resin, played a central role in many fledgling colonial New Zealand communities.
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