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The Kauri Museum - Heart of Matakohe.

Matakohe is situated on the upper reaches of the Kaipara Harbour, on the scenic Kauri Coast. Matakohe is a charming rural village with a population of a mere 400 people. The village is steeped in history, supported by an intensely proud community who will make sure your visit is a truly memorable one.

In the Matakohe area, climbing peaks, bush reserves, local beaches and the northern Wairoa River are all within easy reach. Matakohe has a number of historic houses still in use which add to its colonial charm as one of Northland’s best heritage attractions.

The Kauri Museum is open daily from 9am - 5pm and is a supurb experience for visitors to Matakohe.
Ask our museum team about the MATAKOHE HISTORIC WHARF SITE and by appointment only our HISTORIC VILLA - TOTARA HOUSE.
An EV CHARGING STATION is located in front of The Kauri Museum.

GUMDIGGERS CAFE
Visitors to Matakohe are invited to have lunch at the Gumdiggers Café, conveniently located opposite the Museum. Gumdiggers Café are happy to accommodate booked groups and specialty meals with prior reservations.
Gumdiggers Café - phone 09 431 7075



HERITAGE ROSE GARDENS
Open daily - FREE ENTRY. These beautiful gardens are located opposite the museum on Church Road and at other sites within the heritage precinct. The planting of more than 120 heritage roses has been recognised by the New Zealand Heritage Rose Society with an award of Nationally Significant Planting of Historic Roses. The rose collection is catalogued and includes popular names such as Charles de Mills, Cecile Brunner, La France and Mutabilis. We are grateful for the support of volunteers from Heritage Roses Northland who care for this magnificent collection.

KAURI BUSHMEN'S MEMORIAL SCENIC RESERVE
Located at the end of Sterling Road, just 3.6km from The Kauri Museum or 6km from Paparoa on S.H.12. This 15 minute boardwalk loop through kauri forest, is gentle and is suitable for children, a perfect opportunity to enjoy the unique kauri forest environment. Managed by The Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai you will play your part in ensuring the safety of the kauri trees by using the shoe washing station at the beginning and the end of your walk. The reserve was purchased in 1954 as a memorial to the Pre-World War 1 Kauri Bushmen. FIND OUT MORE

MATAKOHE CYCLE TRAIL
This new cycle trail is being developed in sections to form a trail through the Kaipara. The first part follows a route that incorporates the old one lane bridges of Matakohe. It's suitable for families and a great way to explore the Kaipara coastline, with its native bush sections and gentle rural landscapes. A stunning pou grounds the trail to the whenua in this place. Carved by master carver Te Warihi Hetaraka the sculpture speaks of the weaving together of the people from the four corners of the earth, called by the manu (bird) atop the pou, as we come together as one.

MATAKOHE PIONEER CHURCH
Open daily - FREE ENTRY. Erected in1866-67 this beautifully preserved kauri timber church is set in stunning heritage rose gardens with a view over rolling pastures. The church and grounds are suitable for intimate ceremonies of up to 50 guests, or as a location for wedding photos. It has an organ, beautiful stained glass windows, ornate lamps and small rear room. CONTACT US


MATAKOHE POST OFFICE
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. The services offered at the Post Office included postal, banking, telephone, marriage licenses, and official government applications. The 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

COATES MEMORIAL CHURCH & MATAKOHE CEMETERY
Located opposite The Kauri Museum, the Church was built as a tribute to New Zealand born Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Gordon Joseph Coates, born and raised in Matakohe. The Coates Memorial Church is available for weddings and funerals. The Church is set in the historic Matakohe Cemetery which is open to the public and is the resting place of both early families to the area and local residents. MORE INFORMATION


THE KAURI MUSEUM GIFT SHOP
OPEN DAILY 9AM - 5PM FREE ENTRY. The Kauri Museum shop offers a large range of high quality and eco-friendly gifts for everyone. Large pieces of polished kauri gum, kauri clocks and kauri bowls, merino woollens, bespoke silk scarves, and so much more. The kauri gum polishing kits are great for kids and an array of smaller items are perfect for those travelling light.