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Matakohe-Kauri Museum

The Kauri Museum 

An excellant choice

Gracefarm Park is about 40 km south of the very special Kauri museum at Matakohe.
We never tire of visiting this great historic place. There are always new treasures to find. The 'wow' factor is always on the lips. The 'real life' charactors are or become familiar as settlor history comes alive and the unique workings of Kauri harvesting is demonstrated in this world class presentation.

Gracefarm has its own link with the early Kauri milling activities with one of the original owners (Nicholson) being a logger and miller. Gracefarm also has many maturing Kauri trees. 

Real New Zealand Heritage at its best...

Nestled in the picturesque west coast village of Matakohe, Northland, The Kauri Museum is one of New Zealand’s most amazing theme museums. Approximately 90,000 people visit our internationally acclaimed Northland heritage museum every year. Open 9.00am to 5.00pm daily (closed Christmas Day).

As one of the best  places to visit in Northland, The Kauri Museum is the perfect insight into Northlands pioneer past. Visit our heritage museum en route to the ancient kauri trees in the Waipua forest.

The award winning The Kauri Museum, Matakohe tells the fascinating story of the pioneering days through the use of  kauri timber and  kauri gum. Explore the many exceptional  diplays and galleries inside the museum, from our magnificent collection of antique kauri furniture and the largest collection of kauri gum in the world, to restored machinery, including NZ’s earliest tractor, a 1929 Cat 60, and a turning steam sawmill. As one of Northland’s best attractions, you will be able to view a two storey life-sized replica Boarding House, a Pioneer School and the historic Matakohe Post Office with a fantastic collection of telephones.

Browse the Kauri Museum Souvenir Shop during your visit, and choose from the best selection of kauri products in New Zealand. Or Browse our Online Shop, we have a great range of unique kauri products perfect for gifts.

The Kauri Museum enjoys strong community support, with volunteers assisting from working in the shop, to maintaining the machinery in the displays. Click here to find out more about becoming a volunteer at The Kauri Museum, Matakohe

Stunning Kauri Gum Collection
Stunning Kauri Gum Collection

The Kauri Museum is home to the largest collection of kauri gum in the world!

Our Northland Location

  • 1.5hr drive from Auckland
  • 1hr drive from Whangarei
  • 1.5hr drive from the Waipoua Forest
  • Just 20 minutes from the SH12 turn-off at Brynderwyn

Contact Us

Phone:  +64 9 4238707
Mobile: 0274939703

20 Mangawhai Road, RD 5
Wellsford, 0975

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