Visit Kauri Museum

Real New Zealand heritage at its best
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. Experience the adventures of our pioneering settlers and appreciate the legacy of our Kauri forests.

Explore our interactive hands on displays
Venture into our historic buildings, escape into the pages of our history
Get to know the people behind the mannequins and their stories
As part of the Museum complex, The Gumdiggers Cafe is located directly opposite the Museum.


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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When booking your tickets, please feel welcome to inform the Museum of your requirements. Parking Please feel welcome to use our designated accessible car parks located at the front of the Museum. Access Our staff will assist you with mobility access, available through the lower shop doors under cover, to avoid the steps with the main

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Explore Matakohe

Matakohe is situated on the upper reaches of the Kaipara Harbour, on the scenic Kauri Coast, about 45km south of Dargaville. Matakohe is a charming rural village with a population of a mere 400 people. The village is steeped in history, supported by an intensely proud community who will make sure your visit is a

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Totara House

Totara House is a magnificent 1896 kauri villa set in beautiful heritage gardens, lived in and faithfully preserved for 117 years by the family of George and Emily Smith. The Smith family owned a timber mill at Matakohe and the house is built of kauri from their mill. Totara House was bequeathed to The Kauri Museum

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App and audio tour

The Kauri Museum provides a free mobile app called PingX, available in Apple App Store and Google Play for Android for touch, mobile or tablet devices. The app unlocks a new digital world of The Kauri Museum’s tall tales and short stories, offering additional content as you explore the Museum. This includes the Museum’s new incredible audio tour, which

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Kauri Museum Map

The Kauri Museum provides a number of outstanding wings and museum displays which tell the stories of the pioneer settlers in the region. Whether you prefer to take a set path, or wander about, an app and audio tour can guide you through the galleries as our tall tales and short stories unfold, complete with the Kauri’s characters joining you

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Kauri Museum Location

Kauri Museum Private car The Kauri Museum in Northland, New Zealand is a 2 hour drive from Auckland, or a 1 hour drive from Whangarei – 20 minutes from the Brynderwyn turn off on SH12. The Museum is en-route to the ancient kauri trees within the Waipoua Forest. Public transport Te Wai Ora Coachlines run a bus service between Auckland and Dargaville

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Admission Prices: Adult $25 Child (5-15 years) $8 Under 5 years FREE Family Pass $55 (2 Adults 2 Children) Senior/Student $21Group discounts are available for groups of 8 or more. Adults/Seniors/Students $15.50 ea (groups) Children $6.00 ea (groups) N/A for Families – See Family Pass ANNUAL PASSThese make great gifts and are perfect if you

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