Torpedo Bay Navy Museum

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, Devonport

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Torpedo Bay Navy Museum

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
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Take a journey through the memories, perils, loss, triumph and humour of the men and women who served - and continue to serve - this country on the ocean waves. As an island nation, the sea has been crucial to New Zealand for travel, commerce, and defence. And the navy has taken a key role in this country's security and development. Take time to enjoy this unique organisation, its fascinating stories, its courage, comradeship, and commitment as it serves New Zealand now and in the future. Free admission. The Museum is an easy 15 minute walk from Devonport Wharf or via public transport (Devonport ferry). Catch the 807 bus from the Ferry Terminal - there are two stops located within an easy 2 minute walk of the Museum. Torpedo Bay is fully accessible for visitors with restricted mobility. We have an onsite cafe and playground.
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Stefan0009
3 contributions
Great Promenade
May 2021
Amazing view, a lot of history, good excuse to have a nice walk along the beach, lovely staff. Go in a sunny afternoon to enjoy the panorama
Written 25 May 2021
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Simontheeditor
London, England68 contributions
Excellent free museum
Mar 2020
An interesting museum devoted to New Zealand's naval history with a great cafe attached. It is soon to be extended.
Written 8 March 2020
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Hi Simon, Many thanks for visiting the Museum. Yes the restoration of the 19th century loaded mine store is underway and we will be opening the new galleries in this space to the public in October. Hope to see you again at the Museum.
Written 24 June 2020
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Nancy T
Gig Harbor, WA17 contributions
Wonderful small museum with many interactive displays
Feb 2020
This museum highlights the history of the New Zealand Navy. They use personal stories of individuals to describe historic battles, complete with artifacts and photographs of the individuals, making the stories more personal. There were photographs of contemporary naval personnel as well as wall-size photographs of the crews from historic vessels. Many exhibits were interactive enough to draw you in but not so much as to distract from the story. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. There's a small shop as well as a cafe right on the waterfront. Great way to spend a day in town, and very accessible from the ferry dock. Ferries run every half hour to the main terminal in Auckland. Great place to get away from the cruise ship for a peaceful day.
Written 27 February 2020
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Hi Nancy, many thanks for visiting the Museum and taking the time to write a detailed review. We hope to see you again at the Museum sometime in the future.
Written 24 June 2020
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keithY651
London, UK426 contributions
Superb attraction and its free too!
Feb 2020
This is a super museum full of pictures and artifacts and stories from the history of the exploits of the New Zealand navy.
It is not a huge museum but there is plenty to see over the course of an hour and with a great place to eat and drink overlooking the ocean, if you travel to Devonport this is a must visit attraction.
Written 19 February 2020
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Hi Keith, thank you for taking the time to visit the Museum and we're delighted you enjoyed your time here.
Written 24 February 2020
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Kjm6565
Katoomba, Australia54 contributions
Highly informative and interesting.
Jan 2020 • Family
It was a great hands on and informative experience. There was lots of excellent models of ships, historical photos and stories.
Written 7 February 2020
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Hi, thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Museum. We are very proud of our ship models and glad you enjoyed them too.
Written 24 February 2020
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Peter G
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History of New Zealand Naval Service
Feb 2020 • Solo
This is a small “gem” of a museum in Devonport, a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Once at the Devonport Ferry Terminal, it’s about a 1.5K walk (about 20 min). The museum is at the end the walkway from the terminal.

The museum is free and is organized mostly in chronological order with nice galleries on the modern NZ navy its ships, mission and personnel, the First World War and World War II.

I especially enjoyed the exhibits and large models of some of NZs most famous ships: HMS New Zealand, HMNZS Achilles and HMNZS Leander.

There is a small gift shop and a nice cafe where you can something to eat and drink with views of the bay.

A perfect ferry trip and walk from downtown Auckland. If are on a cruise trip stop, don’t miss this. You can easily get the ferry right from the cruise ship dock.
Written 3 February 2020
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Hi Peter, many thanks for visiting the Museum and taking the time to write a review. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you again the next time you are in New Zealand.
Written 24 February 2020
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Steve B
London, UK4,924 contributions
First Class & Well-Managed Museum
Jan 2020
My wife and myself are currently holidaying in Auckland and earlier today we visited the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum which is a 15/20 minute walk along the seafront from the Devonport Ferry Terminal.

It is located on a lovely site overlooking Waitemata Harbour and is open from 1000-1700 hours every day except Good Friday, Christmas Day & Boxing Day. Admission is free but visitors are encouraged to make a donation in the box in the Reception Area where one or two very helpful Assistants - as well as a Gift Shop and nearby Cafe (where we lunched - see separate a Review) - can be found.

As for the Museum itself, it is very well laid out - with some relatively new exhibitions (WW100 Commemorative Pavillon & the A D Boyle Room to name just two with more in the pipeline) and a whole host of interesting artefacts and exhibits - many of which are interactive. It’s certainly somewhere where one can usefully spend a good hour or so.

We certainly enjoyed our visit and - as such - would encourage others to do likewise. You won’t be disappointed and, probably, pleasantly surprised!
Written 27 January 2020
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Hi Steve, Thanks for visiting the Museum and taking the time to review your visit and recommend the Museum to others. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again sometime.
Written 27 January 2020
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AlexandBeth
Lymm, UK217 contributions
Wonderful visit to this fabulous museum.
Jan 2020 • Couples
Considering the size of New Zealand, I thought the contribution made by New Zealand in several conflicts was outstanding. From HMS New Zealand in WW1 and the battle of Jutland was particularly moving. I was particularly impressed, as a Fifer, to see HMS New Zealand moored by the Forth Bridge in 1915.
Add that to HMS Achilles in WW2 v the Graf Spee was equally impressive. The photograph of the crew marching down Queen Street was impressive.
Add Korea and Vietnam to their history and all Kiwis should be extremely proud if their Navy in general and this museum in particular.
Written 26 January 2020
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Hi Alex and Beth, Many thanks for taking the time to visit the Museum and share your experience with others. We are very pleased you enjoyed your visit and learnt about the RNZNs contribution during conflicts and in peacetime. We hope to welcome you again to the Museum.
Written 27 January 2020
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KBofLB
Littleborough, UK473 contributions
Developing
Nov 2019
This museum has been established for some time, giving information and exhibits about New Zealand naval history. At the time of my visit some areas were inaccessible whilst new displays were installed which, when completed, should enhance the museum further.
Written 19 December 2019
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Hi, Thank you for your review of the Museum. Yes we are very excited about the restoration of the 19th century minestore on our site. We're on track to open our new gallery and learning spaces to our visitors in the middle of the year we hope you're able to visit and enjoy these new areas too.
Written 27 January 2020
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John C
Auckland, New Zealand42 contributions
Great view and relaxing
Dec 2019
The food is good and to sit on the veranda and lookout over Auckland Harbour is great. The Museum is well laid out and the old Commanding Officer's cabin from HMS New Zealand with the orignal furniture is a great piece of nostalgia. A well laid out museum and worth a visit for a couple of hours followed by a coffee or ice cream on the veranda.
Written 18 December 2019
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Hi John, Thank you for including a visit to the Museum on your recent trip to Devonport. We're delighted you enjoyed your visit. The artefacts from HMS New Zealand are special pieces from our collection. We hope to see you again in the future.
Written 27 January 2020
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