New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 700+ 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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  • In this area of the museum you will find Black Magic or NZL32 the wonderful boat Sir Peter Blake and his crew won the America's Cup for New Zealand. The boats on display have been sailed by Sir Peter ...  read more »
  • A great spacious museum with lots to look at and enjoy. Set on Auckland's water front there are also boats you can visit as part of your museum tour. A great look into New Zealand's maritime history 
  • The museum is small but very interesting, especially if you like sailing and miniatures. I think kids would really love it, they shoot off a canon at noon. When I was there, they also had a wood carve...  read more »
  • 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!
  • I love newzealand so much nz is a glamorous beauty world beautifull place
  • FREE FOR AUCKLAND RESIDENTS! Can't beat that - the history in this museum and the love that has gone into maintaining it is excellent. A must for any boatie or America's cup enthusiast. We even tried sailing on an interactive exhibit.
  • For me, it was the Meh-ritime Museum. There are sweet replicas of canoes, and walkthroughs of the lives of early settlers, but I wouldn't say it's a must visit of Auckland. Unless you're really keen on jets and boats, don't lose sleep over missing this place during your visit.
  • Great 2nd option if you have been to the main museum too many times. worth a visit for tourists Auckland 'city of sails' is all about the sea and the beach so getting in touch with our maritime history makes a good afternoon
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