New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland
(4.5/5 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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  • This is a fantastic journey of what has happened in this country since the start of the humans - and what the sea means to us all - for travel and for the development of our world. It was amazing to s...  more »
  • Really well done exhibit of the boat and sail history of New Zealand, including interactive displays. Also includes the winner of the 1995 Americas Cup and a lot of information, items and boats relate...  more »
  • We visited this museum recently and were delighted to find that it was informative and well laid out. The staff were really helpful and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. 
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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