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



Northland Photography Awards and Exhibition

With only 4% of our ancient kauri  forests remaining and those that remain are now facing the threat of kauri dieback , The Kauri Museum launched an online photography competition as part of its ongoing support of the programme to “Keep Kauri Standing” and stop the spread of this deadly disease.

Our judges, Kelly Wilson and Stephen Davies have been hard at work, selecting their finalists across three categories. The theme of “All Things Kauri” was chosen to highlight the importance and diversity of kauri through the modern camera lens.

An exhibition showcasing the works of the finalists will open on Friday 4th August with the awards ceremony from 6:30pm. In addition to celebrating their works, the works of all entrants will be available online within the exhibition space for visitors to explore and vote for their favourite work for the Tudor Collins People’s choice award.

Background and more information about the awards available here.

Northland Photography Awards Exhibition  is open from 5th August-5th October


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Final Touches

Hats and gloves were an essential part of the wardrobe for men and women through the 19th and early 20th centuries. Residents of the Otamatea County were no different to the rest of the New Zealand. They needed hats and gloves for a myriad of purposes including going out, attending church and weddings, sports events, working, or as part of a uniform. Hats and gloves had a protective function, were often extremely decorative, and assisted in establishing the wearer’s identity.

This exhibition displays some of the highlights of the hats and gloves in The Kauri Museum collection. Our volunteers have spent many hours cataloguing and caring for these collection pieces. Lyn Franklin, a retired milliner, has been central to the care of our hat and textile collection. Without the support of our stellar team of volunteers exhibitions like this would not be possible. We hope you enjoy the pieces we have displayed that tell local stories of life in Otamatea.

Extended Season: Final Touches now runs until 10 October!

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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