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Exhibits range from restored buildings to equipment and machinery from more than 100 years of forestry history

New Zealand’s fascinating forestry history is on display at the New Zealand Timber Museum on the site of an old timber mill in Putaruru. The south Waikato town’s association with the timber industry dates back to the early 1900s and the museum houses historic buildings that have been restored, alongside period equipment and machinery.

Find out more about the New Zealand Timber Museum, and make sure you stop by when you’re next passing through for a glimpse of forestry history!



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