Matakohe kauri - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Matakohe

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Matakohe in the Video tab.

Northland was once covered in magnificent kauri forests - but almost all were logged after Europeans arrived in New Zealand. Felling the giant trees was dangerous work, and dams were built so the logs could be floated down rivers. Today a museum at Matakohe showcases the history of kauri forests and their exploitation.

Related web links:
Kauri forest

Kauri felling
Logging native forests
Upper Kaipara Harbour

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number Spectrum 535).

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