Kauri timber Many years ago, long wide planks of faultless, superb timber were cut from the mighty kauri tree trunks. The timber was used for many purposes: ship building (including masts and spars of sailing ships), houses, furniture, bridges, fences, dams, patterns (used for metal casting), vats and tanks, barrels, large rollers (in the textile

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Along with significant collections of operational machinery, natural history specimens and social history artefacts, The Kauri Museum holds extensive documentary and photographic archives relating to the kauri forests and the timber and gum industries. The Museum is also guardian to archives relating to the family histories and genealogies of the early European families of the

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Digital launch

The Kauri Museum has embarked on a new digital age. The Museum has always been a hands on experience, but has now declared itself a selfie friendly zone with a new website, mobile app and audio tour so visitors are able to enjoy the Museum digitally, as they explore the galleries. This innovative digital experience also includes a

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Tatty’s great adventure begins

Percy Smith (aka Tatty) is a grandson of early pioneering settlers, Richard and Catherine Smith. Tatty and his sisters, Mavis and Clarice, played an important role in establishing the Museum and Tat was well known for turning his hands to anything practical that was required. Tat has until recently been fulfilling the starring role of The Kauri Museum’s Gumdigger, carving gum while

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What’s in a name?

“What’s in a name? that which we call a roseBy any other name would smell as sweet” So said Juliet to her Romeo sometime between 1591 and 1595 when it is believed that William Shakespeare wrote those words. Here at The Kauri Museum we have a living collection of more than 120 roses, many of

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New Zealand Kauri (Agathis australis) has significant cultural significance, to Maori and more recent settlers alike. These towering giants represent an important connection for Maori spiritual beliefs. Their prized timber and gum (the resin produced by the tree that over time becomes a young amber), formed the industries that shaped modern New Zealand. The Kauri

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What are the statistics of the largest living Kauri trees? TE MATUA NGAHERE – FATHER OF THE FORESTThe largest diameter and oldest Kauri tree still living. It has been standing in Waipoua Forest on the Kauri Coast for an estimated 2,000 years. A first class 10 minute track from State Highway 12 leads you to the

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