A large portion of the Museum’s collection is on display in our galleries.
From the world’s smallest revolver to the world’s largest kauri slab, at The Kauri Museum you can walk inside life size recreations of pioneer homes, through a working mill and get up close with operational machinery kept in working order. The Museum grounds also include the original pioneer church, school and post office. Adjacent to the Museum is the magnificent Totara House. Behind the scenes, the Museum’s collection includes an extensive photograph, document archive and textile collection, displayed from time to time in special exhibitions. Below are galleries with with just a sample of the many items in the Museum collection.
The Museum has one of the most extensive collections of kauri and antique furniture in New Zealand. From elaborately carved dining furniture and display pieces, through to the simplest home made items, nearly all of the collection is on display.
The Museum holds an important collection of operational machinery that helped mould the kauri timber industry, from sawmills to the very first version of a chain saw. The stand out in the collection though is our Caterpillar 60 Bulldozer. Sitting proudly in the Operational Machinery Wing, the Cat 60 was considered to be very important for replacing the once mighty bullock teams in the kauri and native bushes of the north. It is fully operational, having been in regular use until its arrival here in 1969.
JIM DOWNS' CHAINSAWS
With a collection of over 100 chainsaws on display, the Museum's collection is one of the most comprehensive in New Zealand.
HILDA McCARROLL BOTTLE COLLECTION
Locating and unearthing old bottles was a passion of Hilda McCarroll for over 50 years.
Many of these bottles were embedded in the sand and mud at nearby Pahi, Batley and Whakapirau. They were probably tossed overboard from the countless sailing ships that once plied the Kaipara Harbour. Hilda’s family often accompanied her on bottle expeditions. They searched at the sites of many houses, now long gone, which were built on the edge of the harbour. Taking a picnic lunch, they made a day of digging bottles, often stopping only when it became too dark to continue.
Hilda’s collection came to the Museum from her home in Taipuha in 2004.