Northland Identity/ National Treasure
The internationally acclaimed Kauri Museum pays tribute to a national treasure and a symbol of Northland’s identity, Agathis australis, more commonly known as the kauri tree.
New Zealand Kauri has significant cultural significance, to Maori and more recent settlers alike. These towering giants, which once covered northern New Zealand, represent an important connection for Maori spiritual beliefs. Their prized timber and gum (the resin that bleeds from the tree that over time becomes a young amber), formed the industries that shaped modern New Zealand. The Kauri Museum recounts the history and the legacy left behind by of our ancient Kauri Forests (second in size only to the American redwood). In addition to preserving our past, the museum has a role to play in conserving their future, collaborating to “Save our Forests” by raising public awareness to control the spread of the Kauri Dieback disease and promote forest ecology.
The Kauri Museum offers something for all ages. It is also a centre of excellence for kauri research with an extensive collections archive. Dr Jonathan Palmer, a Dendrochronologist and associate of the museum, reconstructs past climates using ancient kauri tree rings. Explore this and the many other displays and galleries inside the Museum, from the magnificent collection of antique kauri furniture to the life-sized replica boarding house. Be amazed by the collection of kauri gum which has been attracting settlers to Northland since the late 1800’s.
The Kauri Museum is a must-see for New Zealanders and international visitors alike. Less than a two hour drive from Auckland and one hour from Whangarei, the Museum is key to your understanding of northland's unique heritage.
Explore the many displays and galleries inside the Museum, from the magnificent collection of antique kauri furniture to the operational machinery wing which includes the country's earliest Caterpillar tractor. Be amazed by the collection of Kauri Gum which has been attracting settlers to Northland since the late 1800’s. Wander through the life-sized replica boarding house, a pioneer school and the historic Matakohe post and telegraph office.