Enjoy one of The Kauri Museum’s standout exhibitions with your next visit, or explore these rich digital resources online.

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Tudor Collins: Man of Many Faces

Opens 9 December 2016. Our special exhibition dives into the world of renowned photographer Tudor Collins. Famous for capturing an essence of early New Zealand through his skill with photography, Tudor led a varied life, pursuing a number of careers including soldier, sailor, entrepreneur, bushman and farmer. Take a glimpse into Tudor’s past through an amazing collection of photographs and personal items from the collections of The Kauri Museum, the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Albertland & Districts Museum and Warkworth Districts Museum.

Entry to the exhibition is free with admission to The Kauri Museum


The Pheasant and Gallie families enjoy a picnic on the shores of the Kaipara Harbour (Salt River).

Sunny Summer Days on Salt River

The Family Picnic at the Beach-100 years apart.

The Kaipara Harbour, known locally as Salt River, has always been the perfect location for the family picnic. Our Textile Volunteers have developed an exhibition that shows a picnic scene in 1890 and contrasts it with a 1990 picnic scene.

Visit the exhibition in the Boarding House Gallery and see if you can spot the differences.

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Axemen Legends of Northland 

In its first dual online and onsite experience, The Kauri Museum  presents the origins and evolution of the sport of woodchopping in an exhibition that showcases Northland’s Legendary Axemen. Featuring highlights from video interviews recorded with a selection of contemporary Northland axemen, our online exhibition summarises this enduring heritage sport through their eyes: its events, equipment, technique and organisation.

Edward and Thomas Coates (far left and far right, respectively) with their
family in Herefordshire before departing for New Zealand,1866. Image reproduced with kind permission from Heritage New
Zealand, Pouhere Taonga.

The Man from Matakohe

Exhibition now closed.  From farm boy, to military man, to politician, and finally, Prime Minister of New Zealand: in its biggest exhibition to date, The Kauri Museum features the story of Matakohe’s most famous soldier and local hero, Joseph Gordon Coates.   Explore