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Kauri Museum Smith Wing

You can even take a virtual tour of the museum!

In Matakohe, Northland, The Kauri Museum tells the story of the kauri forests of the north as well as the people who have made the area their home.

You can see life-sized recreations of pioneer homes, kauri boats and furniture, machinery and tools from the kauri industry and even get up close to a full-sized operating sawmill moving at slow speed so you can see how it works.

To see a virtual tour of the Museum’s sawmill, follow this link and scroll down the page.

Find out more about the Kauri Museum here

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