Screen Shot 2021-06-16 at 1.19.19 pm.png


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 Poetry Day Awards and Open Mic event was postponed due to Covid - we are currently working to announce the finalisists and reschedule the reading.


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





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


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



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.


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.


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.


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



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.