New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland

(4.5/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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. For New Zealand Maritime Museum and beyond, use our Auckland trip itinerary maker to get the most from your Auckland vacation.
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  • We spent an interesting few hours at this museum. There was a lot to see and very informative on the history of maritime immigration, both Maori and European. The museum also includes exhibitions on s...  more »
  • I know that NZ beat the Americans in a yacht race which nobody else could care less about. I know that Oz went mental about how they had beaten a yacht club in Rhode Island which had made sure that no...  more »
  • Highlight of our visit to Auckland. Lucky to have museum guide Barry to take us around. Very knowledgable about polynesian maritime ships, early explorers, and modern ships. He left England as a Merch...  more »
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  • This is a great rainy day activity. The museum opens at 10am. It's $20NZ for adults who are not Aucklanders. The exhibits are fascinating as they show the relationship of water transportation to the people of New Zealand. It's quite extensive so take your time and enjoy. The gift shop is where you enter and leave, but the prices can be expensive--it's a museum gift shop.
  • The exhibits are nice and, if you're a local, it's free to get it. One of my favorite things about the museum is, every so often, they will arrange it so that you can buy tickets to do a sailing on a heritage vessel. It's incredibly fun, and not pricey at all. If you get the chance, do it!
  • Very cool. So much cool stuff to play around with. Its on the waterfront and has great food just next door.
  • One of the best museums ever visited. We actually spent a good 2 hours there just browsing around . Would love to have tried the sailing trips if not because of the rain
  • I love newzealand so much nz is a glamorous beauty world beautifull place