Matakohe is situated on the upper reaches of the Kaipara Harbour, on the scenic Kauri Coast, about 45km south of Dargaville. Matakohe is a charming rural village with a population of a mere 400 people. The village is steeped in history, supported by an intensely proud community who will make sure your visit is a truly memorable one.
Besides The Kauri Museum, Matakohe boasts a number of other places of interest. The Coates Memorial Church and its grounds for instance are of historic interest. The Coates Memorial Church was a tribute to the first New Zealand born Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Gordon Joseph Coates who was born and raised in Matakohe.
In the Matakohe area, climbing peaks, bush reserves, local beaches and the northern Wairoa River are all within easy reach. Matakohe has a number of historic houses still in use which add to its colonial charm as one of Northland’s best heritage attractions.
Visitors to Matakohe have the choice of two cafes or tearooms. The Gumdiggers Cafe which has been purchased recently by The Kauri Museum is located directly opposite the Museum. A little stroll away on the same side of the road as the museum is Matakohe House Cafe and B&B Hotel, presenting fantastic hospitality and first class accommodation.