What is Swamp Kauri?

Swamp Kauri is New Zealand's native Kauri trees (Agathis Australis) that fell, buried and preserved underground in swamps for more than 50,000 years (more than 50,000/up to 60,000). Swamp Kauri is in fact the oldest workable wood in the world.

150 million years ago, Gondwana Land began to break up, leaving New Zealand isolated and free to evolve its own vegetation. For thousands of years, the isolated land from others on Earth, has developed many unique plants, like Swamp Kauri.

  • Production

    Buried under a peat swamp by an unexplained act of nature at the end of the last Ice Age, the trees have survived the centuries underground, sealed in a chemically balanced environment that has preserved the timber in perfect condition. 

  • Swamp Kauri Gum

    Swamp Kauri is very rare, very prestigious & definitely special! One of the many gems of Swamp Kauri is Swamp Kauri gum.

    The Kauri gum is a fossilised resin from kauri trees. It both smells amazing and it beautiful in both texture and colour. Something so fragile can be made into a fine piece of jewellery or a decoration.

Our Mission

MPI Certified & Proud supporter of NIWA. 

We have a deep passion for Swamp Kauri and also its delicate environment. As a New Zealand based development company, we are approved by the New Zealand Government and qualified for the development and finishing of Kauri Trees.

We saw swamp kauri that meets New Zealand Ministry of Industry (MPI) export standards. We can also assist the seller to handle the relevant procedures, or agent export, and deal with the relevant export procedures.

We believe that the only way to create great things everyday is with exceptional people who enjoy their job, so we ONLY take on the finest.

Talent goes beyond a keen eye for design or a qualification on a piece of paper. As cliche as it sounds, we live and breathe what we do and build here & take huge pride in doing the best work we can. Give us a challenge!

These amazing people are the talent behind the scenes.

  • Conway aka Conman

    Factory Manager & Engineer


    My roles is to make sure the factory runs smoothly to ensure QA and satisfactory timeframes are met for our customers.


    In my previous roles, I was a fitter and turner which is also very creative & i've been able to transfer these unique skills into timber which is very rewarding.


    I adore ad love to spend time with my amazing family & have a huge passion for engineering.

  • Sarah aka Saz

    Administration & Creative Assistant  


    I love to create things from absolutely nothing, working through our processes carefully to get to the end result which is simply gratifying & such a sense of accomplishment. 


    In my spare time, I love to watch my children play sports (you bet you'll hear me!) & spending quality time together.  


    My goals are to create rare original Swamp Kauri pieces or Art & learn from the great experience behind my team and company. 

  • Rimia Toheriri aka Mimi

    Social Media Manager & Sales Representative 


    At EKL, I proudly take on the Social Media Manager Role. I am responsible for controlling, maintaining & looking after our social media platforms - so don't be shy to say Hello! 


    Outside of work, I love exploring new bush walks & spending time with family especially my beautiful niece. 


    I'm very excited & Grateful to be able to help grow and expand EKL. I can't wait!

  • Vincent Aso aka Vinny  

    Brand Ambassador & Influencer Manager 


    So I get to do the fun part :P My role here at EKL is to help get our amazing work out there and get the exposure & credit for what it is. It's exciting always seeing the process and learning about both the company and the Swamp Kauri. 


    When I'm not helping out with Exclusive Kauri, I play Rugby full time for the Wellington Lions & the Panasonic Wild Knights. My life style is always on the go but when I have down time, I love to game.. a lot! As well as spend time with my girls and also trying new adventurous stuff.  


    It's so exciting to be involved in a rare business like this and can't wait to share this hobby of mine. 

  • Nykala Toheriri-Aso aka Kala 

    Company Director 

    To break it down, nice and simple, my rewarding role is to maintain overall operations and staff of EKL. 


    The cool thing about Exclusive Kauri is that you learn something new everyday! It's never the same and everyday always has something new installed for us. That's the best part of my role & business. 


    My family is my everything. So when the work cap comes off, it's family time. My daughter loves exploring so we love to try new things out all the time. 

    EKL has so much to show our NZ locals as well as our amazing international clients & I'm glad I get to be part of that.

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