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Kauri Coast information pod


Planing your holiday?
Look no further than Northland's KAURI COAST
Naturally Historic - Unspoiled - Rugged

Bring the kids to play in their very own 'ancient backyard' 



Nestled in the picturesque west coast village of Matakohe, Northland, The Kauri Museum is one of New Zealand’s most amazing theme museums. Approximately 90,000 people visit our internationally acclaimed Northland heritage museum every year. Open 9.00am to 5.00pm daily (closed Christmas Day).

Tane Mahuta ('Lord of the Forest') is New Zealand’s largest known living kauri tree. It is thought this tree was discovered and identified in the 1920s when contracted surveyors surveyed the present State Highway 12 through the forest. In 1928, Nicholas Yakas and other bushmen, who were building the road, also identified the big tree Tane Mahuta.

Naturally Historic - Unspoiled - Rugged


Tokatoka peak


Natural Adventure

The Kauri Coast & Hokianga are abundant in history and natural beauty. Discover the first place Maori set foot in Aotearoa and the world’s largest kauri trees. Drive for miles on the beach, swim at freshwater lakes & see kiwi in the wild. 




Kauri gallery in Dargaville

Nelson's Kaihu Kauri gallery situated at Kaihu 30 kms North of Dargaville, on State Highway 12.

The 750 square metre octagonal gallery is supported by a 30-ton Ancient Kauri log centrepiece. Nelson's Kaihu Kauri Gallery features:

A large range of wood art
Hand-blown glass
Handmade soaps
Local paintings
And a wide range of New Zealand-made gifts and souvenirs.