The Kauri Museum, Matakohe, in Northland New Zealand is a charitable trust governed by the Otamatea Kauri & Pioneer Museum Trust and funded through admission and shop revenue. The museum was originally founded by local farmer and private collector Mervyn Sterling,
The award winning Kauri Museum tells the story of our pioneering settlers though the lens of the Kauri industry. The museum specialises in the legacy of our Kauri forests; specifically the strong durable timber and the highly prized Kauri gum.
Mission and values
The Kauri Museum’s mission is for the community of Matakohe in preserving the region’s kauri and pioneering heritage and sharing interactive experiences with locals and visitors alike.
The Museum values access, integrity and creativity in its endeavours.