The Kauri Museum

The award winning Kauri Museum is famous for its storytelling, its hospitality and the legacy left behind by the ancient kauri trees which once covered northern New Zealand. Visit the world's 1st Carbon-zero certified Museum, 90 mins nth of Auckland.


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The Kauri Museum recounts the history and the legacy left behind by our ancient Kauri Forests. In addition to preserving our past, the Museum has a role to play in conserving their future, collaborating to “Save our Forests” by raising public awareness to control the spread of the Kauri Dieback disease and promote forest ecology.

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Visitors to The Kauri Museum will experience

• Interactive, hands-on displays and life-like models
• The world’s largest kauri slab – measuring a huge 22.5 metres long
• Fossilised and swamp kauri, tens of thousands of years old
• A rare collection of polished kauri gum
• A working sawmill
• Life sized, replica two-storey Boarding House
• An exceptional gift store showcasing kaipara arts and crafts


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Physical address

The Kauri Museum, 5 Church Road, RD 1, Matakohe, Northland, 0593, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
Open Daily 9am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day)
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
1hr 10 minjutes to Whangarei
Proximity to town:
1 hr south of Whangarei, 90 minutes north of Auckland, 40 minutes to Dargaville

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $25.00
Other charges:
Child (age 5-15) $8; Family (2 adults & children) $55; Senior Citizens $20; Students (with current ID) $20; Group Rates - please contact the museum 09 431 7417

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