New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland Central

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With exhibits that span from the first Polynesian explorers to today's seafaring heroes, New Zealand Maritime Museum provides an in-depth look into the country's rich nautical history. You can take a free guided tour or study the artifacts, timelines, photos, and information boards at your own pace. In addition to the reconstructed and preserved ships found inside the museum, you'll notice some interesting vessels--including the Rapaki, a 1926 floating steam crane--sitting in the harbor outside. For a small extra fee, you can enjoy a one-hour voyage on board the Ted Ashby, a reproduction of a ketch-rigged stow. If you need to fuel up before or after your visit, head to one of the many nearby waterfront eateries. Put New Zealand Maritime Museum into our Auckland Central travel planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • It was an interesting visit and perhaps we would have enjoyed more if there were more activities but it was all about history and how to tie knots.  more »
  • Located near the viaduct Harbour, near the entrance to the ship. Time is slow, could not enter, so was disappointed. There seems to exhibit various types of ships.
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  • Not a bad way to spend an afternoon. As New Zealand depended on sailors from all walks of life this was a great place to learn about NZ's nautical side.  more »
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  • So much to see and interact with. I loved listening to the stories about lighthouses in my comfy chair. I could have spent hours just in that room. My husband and I left after more than a couple of hours so wishing we'd had more energy to keep going! We would definitely return if we ever have the opportunity.
  • It took me years to walk in that door. Free for NZ'ders!!! A must see! Very well executed. Educational and interactive. A great place to take kids
  • Interesting, great low key museum where you can take young children to explore New Zealand's sailing history. Staff were disappointing, they represent NZ to overseas visitors and their greeting was non existent. Over heard a customer service representative interupting another who was instructing her on something say, "...hold on while I finish snap chatting!" While there were visitors in the souvenir / entrance and being in full view of the public. Not a good service experience but a good worthwhile place to visit.
  • It is much larger and more comprehensive than you may have been led to expect. It starts from the first voyagers to reach the island and progresses through the ages. How some of those small craft survived is a testament to New Zealand's maritime roots.
  • This is a good place to go for an afternoon if your free. The layout is very nice and the galleries are very organized. If you can check out there website and see if you can plan your time around one of their events to make it more interesting.
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