Pricing and Conditions

Adult $25.00
(15 year(s) and under)
Other charges angle-down

Child (age 5-15) $8; Family (2 adults & children) $55; Senior Citizens $21; Students (with current ID) $21; Group Rates - please contact the museum 09 431 7417


This 60 year old museum recounts the history and the legacy of our ancient kauri forests, and the industries associated with the trees. A spectacular new attraction opened in July 2023 welcomes visitors – the Forest Walkway takes visitors back in time, and introduces the Māori dimension of the kauri story. Visitors then discover the world’s largest kauri slab – 22.5 metres (74 feet) in length. Elsewhere they find fossilised and swamp kauri, a rare collection of polished kauri gum and a working sawmill. Beautifully crafted furniture, historic photos and recreated rooms tell the stories of Northern New Zealand. As well as an on-site café, the Museum has a fine gift store showcasing kauri timber, kauri gum and crafts of the Kaipara region.

Opening times

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


5 Church Road, Matakohe, New Zealand.

plane Proximity to airport:
1hr 10 minutes to Whangarei Airport.
decisions Proximity to town:
1 hr south of Whangarei, 90 minutes north of Auckland, 40 minutes to Dargaville.

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