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Guardians of the Kauri story, past, present and future.
Ngā kaitiaki ō ngā kauri kōrero ō nehera, ō wātu me te wāheke.

Located midway between Auckland and the Bay of Islands in the north of New Zealand, The Kauri Museum tells some of the stories of New Zealand’s largest and most famous tree.

Far more than a museum of timber, the museum has stories of the Māori of the north eastern Kairpara, of European pioneers, of foresters and sawmillers, gum diggers and farmers, and of business people, fishers and the families who have made this area their home.

National Poetry Day Entry Form

The Kauri Museum is celebrating Phantom National Poetry Day with a Poetry Competition for residents of the Kaipara and Northland Districts.
This is the third year we have run this competition – this year the theme for your work should be On the Shores of the Kaipara.
The competition runs 24th July to 14th August. Finalists will be announced on 20 August, then the Winner announced on Phantom National Poetry Day 27 August at a live performance event at the Museum.
Send up to four poems on any topic. Up to two poems per entrant may be published on the Kauri Museum facebook page.

Entry details:

Free to enter.

Open to all Kaipara and Northland Districts residents aged 18 and over.
Submit your poems and contact details by email to

Limit of four poems per entrant.

Submission Dates: 24 July – 14 August 2021


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Explore the Museum these School holidays, and kids get in FREE with a paying adult. Loads to see and do, and a café for lunch as well.


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Our free family festival will be held at the Kauri Museum on Saturday October 15 from 10am-5pm.

The Kauri Heritage Festival will celebrate 60 years since the Museum’s opening, and is a celebration of kauri, settlers, forests, the harbour and the Kaipara Community.

One day only: food stalls, special exhibitions, classic cars, raffles, games & activities, art & craft - and lots more!

This is the only day of the year when there is NO CHARGE to visit the Museum - don't miss it!


A unique venue for wedding photoshoots and bespoke functions.

Totara House is a magnificent 1896 kauri villa set in beautiful heritage gardens. The home was lived in and faithfully preserved for 117 years by the family of George and Emily Smith. Today this historically significant house is part of The Kauri Museum and is only open to the public by appointment and on select open days.


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