The Kauri Museum

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The Kauri Museum is famous for its displays featuring the legacy left behind by the ancient kauri trees which once covered northern Aotearoa New Zealand.

 The kauri tree, Agathis australis, is New Zealand’s largest and most famous native tree. Located midway between Auckland and the Bay of Islands in the warm north of the country, The Kauri Museum tells some of the stories of this amazing tree.

Far more than a museum of timber, the Museum has stories of the Māori of the north eastern Kaipara, of European pioneers, of foresters and sawmillers, gum diggers and farmers, and of business people, fishers and the families who have made this area their home.

In addition to preserving our past, the award winning Kauri Museum, as guardian of the kauri story, has a role to play in conserving the future of the kauri by raising public awareness to help control the spread of the fatal disease, kauri dieback.

Visitors to The Kauri Museum, Northland’s largest undercover tourist operation, will experience:

  • the world’s largest collection of kauri gum – thousands of pieces on display
  • the world’s largest kauri tree feature – slabs from a kauri 22.5 metres in length
  • extensive kauri timber displays including a collection of fine colonial furniture
  • a full sized, moving sawmill, and recreated fully furnished colonial rooms

Facilities & Services:

  • Open every day except Christmas Day, 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Top quality, clean toilet facilities
  • The Gumdiggers Café, open seven days. Welcomes group bookings
  • Gift store showcasing kauri timber and gum products as well as locally produced gift items
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Visitor Information Sheet provided in more than fifteen translations

The Kauri Museum has CarboNZero status and is a member of Tourism Industry Aotearoa's 'Tourism Sustainability Commitment'.

Trade Contact: Barbara Hilden (Director)

How to Find Us
From $8 – $25


Church Road
Matakohe Matakohe 0591
New Zealand

Opening Times

Monday -Sunday 9am-5pm

Holiday Times

Christmas Day: closed

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