Kauri Museum in Northland
Kauri Museum in Northland

Kauri Museum in Northland

New Zealand’s history is full of fascinating stories, including Agathis australis, the countries largest and most famous tree. The Kauri Museum tells the remarkable story of this incredible landmark, as well as the local Maori people and the immigrants who have made the Northlands their home.

Where can I find the Kauri Museum?

You'll find the museum in the west coast village of Matakohe, Northland, between Auckland and the Bay of Islands. It's just under a 2 hour drive from either place, where you turn off from State Highway 1 onto State Highway 12 towards Dargaville. From there it's a 20 minute drive.

The ancient Kauri trees once covered much of the Northlands, leaving behind an incredible legacy. The Kauri museum recounts the stories and industries that have come from these trees, with interactive hands-on displays and life-like models that tell you everything you need to know. Discover a diverse collection of Maori treasures, fossilised and swamp kauri that date back thousands of years and the world’s largest collection of kauri gum. Admire an extensive collection of kauri and antique furniture, kauri built vessels, tools and boats, and a fascinating gallery of photography that records the industry and people in the forests of the Northland. Don’t miss the fantastic programme of events and exhibitions that run throughout the year! Cap off your visit with a coffee and snack from the Gumdiggers café, and browse the shop for a range of hand made kauri items.

  • Open daily 9am to 5pm except Christmas day.
  • Admission:
    • Adult $25
    • Child (5-15 years) $8
    • Under 5 years FREE
    • Senior/Student $21
  • Check this page for their programme of events and exhibitions.
  • Staff are happy to help with accessibility.

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