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February 2016

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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.

Fast facts

5 Church Road, Matakohe

Open 9.00AM to 5.00PM daily (except Christmas)

Admission $25.00 adults, $20.00 concession and $8.00 children

  • The Museum was founded in 1967 by Mervyn Sterling
  • This original collection also formed the basis of MOTAT
  • Over 50,000 visitors are welcomed each year
  • Its complex includes 10 galleries, 3 heritage buildings (a pioneer church, post office and school
  • The Museum team includes 12 full time staff, 12 part time positions and over 100 volunteers
  • Lisa Tolich is the Chief Executive Officer
  • Uniquely, almost all the collection is on display, including the world’s largest collection of kauri gum, the world’s largest kauri slab and the world’s smallest revolver