Enjoy one of The Kauri Museum’s standout exhibitions with your next visit, or explore these rich digital resources online.

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


Summer at Totara House

Built facing a view of the Kaipara Harbour, Totara House, a grand old villa in Matakohe, is full of quirks, faithfully telling the stories of the family who lived within its kauri walls. From the row of rusty nails in the laundry which held the family-sized side of bacon, to the mantelpiece with numerous scratchings of signatures and comments , Totara House has a story for everyone.

In recognition of this, The Kauri Museum has committed to regular open seasons where the house will throw open its doors and invite visitors and locals alike to celebrate holiday traditions that were important to the Smith Family. This summer we are paying tribute to the many hours that were spent in the gardens.

In later years, dahlias became the favoured plant to cultivate in the garden. Each year, the Smith brothers dug up a large patch for their sisters to plant up with tubers. A friendly rivalry with their cousin Ned over who would win most points in the dahlia classes (and ultimately the Totara House Cup), was a regular feature at the Paparoa A & P Show. To honour this tradition, Museum staff are carefully cultivating this year’s entries in preparation for the big day.

The house and its gardens will once again be open to the public for four weeks from 5 February 2018.  For a special treat, morning tea will be offered on Sundays 18 February and 4 March from 10.30 – 11.30am. There will be tables set up in the garden for extra enjoyment of the magnificent surroundings. Come, join us and help keep the spirit of Totara House alive, with all proceeds to the Totara House Preservation Fund.

When: Monday 5 February- Sunday 4 March 2018, 10am-2pm

Cost: $10 per adult, $5 per child

Sunday Morning Teas: $15 per adult, bookings essential.

Tickets can be purchased from The Kauri Museum with special rates for group bookings. Contact The Kauri Museum: phone 09 431 7417, email admin@kaurimuseum.com


Twelve Otamatea Holiday Highlights

Otamatea abounds with highlights to keep you busy over the summer holidays, or all year round! This summer we have decided to share some of these exceptional highlights in an exhibition that demonstrates our connections to these places and our community.

The area we cover for this exhibition is the old Otamatea County that had the Kaipara Harbour to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The
land stretched from Tokatoka and Taipuha in the north to Mangawhai in the east and Kaiwaka in the south. Otamatea County was absorbed, in the 1980s, into a larger entity now called Kaipara District. The region has, within its borders, an unfair share of marvels and delights that will keep you coming back!

Accompanying exhibition: Twelve Collection Curios

When: Monday 4 December- Monday 29 January 2018 (Anniversary Weekend).

Cost: Free with admission to the museum


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.


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