New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland

4.5
#3 of 10 in Museums in Auckland
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. PutNew Zealand Maritime Museum into our Auckland travel planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Visited here with some friends who live in Auckland, there was plenty to see, interesting exhibits and information about the first New Zealanders who arrived from Polynesia, information and exhibits.....  more »
  • The first New Zealanders were the Maori. These Polynesians were the greatest seamen the world has ever known. They found New Zealand without even knowing it was there. Jump forward 500 years and we.....  more »
  • My wife and I arrived in time to do the 1-hour Ted Ashby harbor sailing trip. Ted Ashby is the historic (called "heritage") ketch-rigged deck scow that sails in the Waitemata Harbour. Passengers...  more »
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  • This is a wonderful place to learn about the Sea Creatures in New Zealand. I have went on a field trip to this place 2 years ago. Please be careful of the doors because some of them are Alarmed so when you open them an Alarm will Go. My my Triggered it on the field trip. Enjoy the benefits of this wonderful place
  • An excellent museum. Maori and settlers history. Plus modern sailing challenge boats. Loved it here. Much larger than we imagined
  • Interesting place to learn the marine-related knowledge! Great location, easy to get by, and the canoes inside the museum are definitely eye opening. However, if one is expecting a more “interactive” experience, this place may not be it (maybe not ideal for kids?) beautiful view of the harbour front too.
  • Right in the centre of Auckland’s harbour area, the Maritime Museum provides a full description of New Zealand’s maritime history from Maori arrival onwards. There are exhibited spread across two floors, plus a number of boats moored (although these can not be boarded). I especially enjoyed the section covering the America’s Cup. There are no refreshments in the museum, but plenty of places to eat in the surrounding harbour area.
  • Hidden treasure for all to enjoy as it can easily be missed. I initially thought it was just a gift shop with a few boat displays but it is much bigger than anticipated and beautiful to read and explore NZ's maritime history. Was fortunate to be there for work. However definitely planning a day to take the family and kids.

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