| TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS | TAONGA GALLERY |

Allow 2 to 3 hours to explore this engrossing museum complex. .


The permanent exhibitions are displayed in Galleries that address different aspects of the kauri story.

More treasures you must see! VOLUNTEERS HALL: Massive Kauri Slab 22.5m long. | TUDOR COLLINS WING: Ornate Victorian Kauri Furniture. | ROSS WING: Horse Racing Trophies, Photos, Carvings. Marquetry pictures. The Museum grounds also include the original, Pioneer Church, School and Post Office.

Kauri Gum Room

Kauri Gum Room

Good As Gold
The Kauri Museum’s gum collection is the world’s best and biggest, an exquisite sight. Kauri gum is Aotearoa New Zealand’s version of amber. Our kauri gum shines with the light of the thousands of years it has taken the resin of the kauri tree to form juvenile amber. Simply not to be missed!

Look out for the life sized carved bust crafted by the Couch family. Discover how this buried gold is turned into the brilliantly polished pieces before you.

 
Smith Wing

Smith Wing

Tough Kauri Bushmen
The Smith Wing shows huge kauri logs and displays actual equipment for felling trees, transporting logs, milling timber and collecting kauri gum. Enjoy the blacksmith’s workshop and the model dam.

The stunning kauri bath in this wing dates back to the 1880s and has been adzed out of a solid trunk of a Kauri tree.

Climb in for a #kaurimuseum selfie.

 
TaongaGallery

Taonga Gallery

Ngā taonga, te Hononga Tāngata
Treasures that bring our people together.
Pounamu, bone and stone. Feather, fibre and wood. From every day items to taonga with unique historic significance.

Watch our recently commissioned documentary, which follows a collection of culturally important taonga on their final journey home to the Kauri Museum.
These artifacts are now on permanent display in our Toanga Gallery.

 
Boarding House

Boarding House

Otamatea Boarding House
A life size, two storey boarding house depicts life in pioneering times. Boarding houses provided an important 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.

 
The Saw Mill

The Saw Mill

120 Chainsaws on Display!
The Museum includes a working sawmill at slow speed so visitors can get up close to see how the mill works. The Sawmill exhibition showcases a range of saws for ‘breaking down’ the big logs; showing how they were converted into planks.

A band saw with 42 feet on toothed ribbon steel and 7 foot diameter wheels moves slowly through a large swap kauri log. The huge band saw has 42 feet of toothed-ribbon steel moving slowly through a large swamp kauri log.

 
Sterling Wing

Sterling Wing

And then she moved!
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 Museum’s Sterling Wing is typical of how kauri timber was used for building homes and for making beautiful furniture, full of interesting Northland heritage pieces.

Keep an eye out for our incredible volunteers... they look so realistic no one notices until they MOVE!