Nestled in the picturesque west coast village of Matakohe, Northland, The Kauri Museum is one of New Zealand’s most amazing theme museums. Thousands of visitors visit this internationally acclaimed Museum yearly. 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 Northland’s pioneer past. Visit our heritage museum en route to the ancient kauri trees in the Waipoua 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 displays 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.

Powhiri for Lisa Tolich, new TKM Chief Executive Officer
The Kauri Museum welcomed its new CEO, Lisa Tolich, in a a moving ceremony on 3rd June 2014.
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The Kauri Museum CEO Retires
200+ guests from the Kaipara District community and the Tourism Industry paid tribute to Betty Nelley for her outstanding contribution to the Museum and the Tourism Industry for the last 19 years.
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Historic Totara House and Garden Tour
"Totara House", a kauri villa built in 1896 and bequeathed to the Museum by the late Mavis Smith will be officially opened for public viewing on 23rd November 2013.
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A National Award for The Kauri Museum
The Kauri Museum won the award for "an outstanding innovative project that contributes to the best practice in the Museum Sector in New Zealand".
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Free Admission to Otamatea Residents
To mark the 50th anniversary of The Kauri Museum, the Board will, from the 1st May 2012, offer free entry to the Museum to all families residing in the old Otamatea County District.

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Stunning Kauri Gum Collection
Stunning Kauri Gum Collection

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

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


"We almost didn’t come to your outstanding museum because we thought it was only about Kauri-history, and as we had been to the Kauri forests and seen the giant trees we thought that should be enough. Only by chance we came by and fortunately popped in, and were absolutely impressed and fascinated and couldn’t believe that this museum is a whole village and tells about the history of the first settlers."

"I would have wished that the name “Kauri Museum” had an extra line e.g. “Early History of NZ”. Maybe more tourists would be attracted by that."

"Apart from that, my husband and I are very happy to have the chance to visit this fabulous place, very well organised, very kind and friendly staff! Good luck to you and your museum!"

Visitors from Germany (5 Dec. 2013)




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