New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland

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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. 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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  • Situated on the central waterfront ,it is interesting my husband is a marine engineer and is attracted to Maritime Museums So I have visited several.Worth a visit .  more »
  • If you are not good at marine sports especially yacht or boat sailing, this place is not so interesting.  more »
  • Ship models and yacht models are really a lot more than anything else, the first immigrants came aboard the ship's cabin was impressed to perhaps well personally, I enjoyed it very much and then the whale and dolphin experience will go back
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  • Must see place for Auckland visitors , especially if you love history and museums. Free entry for residents. Lot of boats starting from primitive models to advanced racing boats on display. Detailed descriptions. Models of ships that carried the passengers from Europe to NZ was good,and the interiors are well done.
  • When in Auckland one should visit this place to understand why the Kiwis love to sail. The rich history of the country's love for the sea and sailing is captured in this historical museum. For locals who live in NZ admission is free. For tourists there is a minimal fee. There are free lockers where you can keep your bags while viewing the displayed items.
  • . (01/2017) Easily accessible being located near harbour. Interesting and well preserved history. Well maintained. You need to keep at least 2-3 hours at hand for enjoying the visit. Service can be hit or miss on a busy day.
  • We went in here to pass some extra time we had and it was a nice surprise. I especially enjoyed the immigration exhibits. Learned a lot about New Zealand history. It's a really big museum with lots to see even if you aren't into Maritime.
  • Bigger than I expected with many good exhibits. I enjoyed the exhibits on immigration and Maori sailing history. However, the place was not well heated and cold in winter.

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