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HOW TO FIND US, PRICES, OPENING TIMES, & THINGS TO DO

LOCATION

The Kauri Museum in Matakohe, Northland, New Zealand is roughly midway between Auckland (New Zealand's largest city) and the beautiful Bay of Islands. It's a bit over two hours drive to either, depending on traffic.  Take the turn off at the Brynderwyn hills (State Highway 1) onto State Highway 12 (towards Dargaville). We are 20 minutes up the road from the turn off. 

OPEN HOURS

Open daily 9am to 5pm except Christmas day.

​ADMISSION

Adult $25

Child (5-15 years) $8

Under 5 years FREE

Family Pass $55 (2 Adults 2 Children)

Senior/Student $21
Group discounts are available for groups of 8 or more:

Adults/Seniors/Students $15.50 each

Children $6 each

N/A for Families - See Family Pass

DISCOUNTS

We offer discounts for Members of the following:

MOTAT MATES

AA MEMBERS
NZMCA MEMBERS
KIWI HOLIDAY PARK & ACCOMODATION MEMBERS

ACCESS 
Please feel welcome to inform the Museum of your access  requirements.  Our staff can assist you with mobility access., including elevator assistance within the Museum. All our bathrooms are wheelchair accessible, and we have complementary wheelchairs available for visitors use.

EV CHARGING POINTS

The Kauri Museum has two charging points outside the main building. These are J-1772 and Type 2 plugs. For more details click HERE.

GUIDED TOURS

Private tours of the museum, and behind the scenes special tours, are available for an additional cost. Please CONTACT US to find out more.  Tours of Totara House are available by appointment only. 

GUMDIGGERS CAFE

Visitors to the Museum are invited to have lunch at the Gumdiggers Café, conveniently located opposite the Museum. You are welcome to leave the Museum, have a refreshment, and return for a further look!

 

Gumdiggers Café in Matakohe is happy to accommodate booked groups and specialty meals with prior reservations.


Gumdiggers Café: phone 09 431 7075

Good places for coffee in Northland
 

GUM POLISHING

Have you ever polished kauri gum from a raw lump into a shining golden nugget? The Museum has a hands-on gum polishing experience for visitors to enjoy. Our kauri gum polisher Thelma can show you how it’s done. 
 

This activity is perfect for school groups, a great school holiday activity, and a very rewarding experience for all ages.


Call us to book a session.
 

Gum polishing packs are also available in the Museum shop for $15. These make great gifts for all the family. 
 

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The Kauri Museum is an exciting place to come together for fun, learning and discovery.

 

Endless opportunities for educational visits exist at the Museum.

We offer educational sessions or inquiry based research that covers the two fields of social and natural sciences. Through hands on experiences, dramatic recreations, questioning and critical thinking, lessons can be built around a number of themes. We have NCEA and primary resources available.

The Kauri Museum also offer fun educational hands-on activities., including kauri gum polishing.

In 2021 we are creating a Science and Discovery Centre, specially to expand our school programmes.

School students learning about local history