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Discover what's new at The Kauri Museum

Temporary exhibitions run throughout the year. Keep an eye out for your annual favourites, Matariki, ANZAC Day and the Heritage Christmas displays.

Allow two to three hours to explore this engrossing museum complex. The Museum grounds also include the original Pioneer Church, School and Post Office.


The Kauri Museum celebrated Phantom National Poetry Day with a Poetry Competition for residents of the Kaipara and Northland Districts.

The Winner and finalists are:

1st:  Andy Bryenton  Still Standing

2nd:  Paula Moros Bradley's Landing

3rd:  Jel Davenport My Soul has settled


Special Mention:  Joan Brown  The Kaipara Harbour 

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The Museum is undergoing its largest redevelopment in 15 years. We will add information, dates and photos here as the building work  progresses.

 Kauri Museum Redevelopment


The Museum includes a full sized sawmill, which moves at slow speed so visitors can get up close to see how the mill works.

Steam Engine in the Kauri Museum Sawmill


The Smith Wing shows huge kauri logs and has actual equipment for felling trees, transporting logs, milling timber and collecting kauri gum. 

Kauri Logs


The Sterling Wing showcases a fascinating recreation of a quality 1880-1920 six room home, fully furnished with original decor and lifelike models dressed in period costume – wall to wall with authentic furniture, fittings and ornaments. The Sterling Wing is typical of how kauri timber was used for building homes and for making beautiful furniture, and features many valuable Northland heritage pieces.

Kauri Museum antique furniture


Our life-size recreation of a two storey boarding house sits inside the museum. As well as providing accomodation, boarding houses provided an important focal point for local commerce, enabling visiting professionals such as dentists and bankers to set up shop and service the local community.The mannequins and lifelike models featured throughout the museum are based on real people. The Boarding House includes a photographic tribute to the boarding houses of the Northland region.

Historic Boarding House Northland

Totara House is a magnificent 1896 kauri villa set in beautiful heritage gardens, lived in and faithfully preserved for more than 120 years by the family of George and Emily Smith.

Kauri Museum Historic Totara House


Erected in1866-67 this beautifully preserved kauri timber church is set in stunning heritage rose gardens with a view over rolling pastures. 

Kauri Museum pioneer church


Open daily - FREE ENTRY.

From 1909 to 1988 the Matakohe Post Office acted as a centre for the local community. The building itself was built from kauri milled locally. Services offered at the Post Office included postal, banking, telephone, marriage licenses, and official government applications.


The Post Office display features dressed models and original equipment. It includes a fascinating exhibition of old telephones and the manual telephone exchange in the Postmaster’s Residence.

Kauri Museum Historic Post Office