New Zealand Timber Museum

A unique look back at New Zealand history – the NZ Timber Museum is located just south of Putāruru on State Highway 1.

The museum offers an opportunity to see and touch the history of New Zealand’s timber industry in attractive rural surroundings.

Exhibits include:

  • Taupo Totara Timber Co Ltd office
  • Tuck and Watkins sawmill
  • Extensive collection of models – Lichfield Lands House
  • From Tree Stump to Customer
  • Bush cookhouse replica
  • Tools of the trade
  • Arapuni Church
  • Conference Centre

Guided tours are offered with expert, knowledgeable staff.

The museum was established in 1927 to celebrate, record and preserve the history of the timber industry, particularly in the South Waikato District. A small but passionate and dedicated group, the Timber Museum Society, supported by local industry and council developed and managed the site until 2007; when the site was handed over to the Timber Museum of New Zealand Trust.