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

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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


Totara House

Christmas at Totara House

For the Smith Family of Totara House, Christmas meant decorating the house with fresh flowers from the garden and the most advantageous placement of a mountain of Christmas cards. In a nod to that tradition but incorporating a modern twist, the Friends of The Kauri Museum, assisted by pupils from Matakohe, Paparoa, Ruawai and Tinopai Schools, have been crafting traditional and non-traditional Christmas decorations. The walls and halls of Totara House will be decked with these for a short period in December. Come and join us for this special occasion and help us keep the spirit of Totara House alive with all proceeds to the Totara House Preservation Fund.

When: Monday 4 December- Sunday 17 December 10am-2pm

Special Late night opening Friday 8 December 5pm-8pm

Cost: $8 per person, free for children under 16 years

Where: Totara House, Wharf Road, Matakohe

Queries: email admin@kaurimuseum.com or call (09) 431-7417

Tickets available from The Kauri Museum or Totara House (cash only).

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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.

Edward and Thomas Coates (far left and far right, respectively) with their
family in Herefordshire before departing for New Zealand,1866. Image reproduced with kind permission from Heritage New
Zealand, Pouhere Taonga.

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