New Zealand Maritime Museum

New Zealand Maritime Museum

New Zealand Maritime Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Dive deeper into our maritime history and discover the genius of early Pacific navigators, their great voyages of exploration and the discovery Aotearoa New Zealand. Cruise Auckland’s sparkling Waitemata Harbour in one of our heritage vessels - sailing twice daily. Help the crew hoist the sails or sit back and take in the city skyline. Find out what it takes to win the America’s Cup - from backyard boat-builders to teamwork and race-winning technology. Plus, see one of only seven replicas of the America’s Cup. Immerse yourself in early European immigration and test your sea-legs in the replica 1840s rocking cabin. Bang! Watch from the concourse as our replica cannon fires every day at 12pm into the marina. Soak up our stories of the sea with a complimentary guided tour departing from our ticket desk 10.30am Friday - Sunday.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Laura B
    58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Maritime marvellousness
    With a few hours to kill before heading to airport on way home, I knew the Maritime Museum would have some fabulous exhibits not only on Māori culture but other aspects of life on the sea for this Island nation. There is something here for everyone from boat fans to families. The Americas Cup exhibit was almost as wonderful as the Māori section. Highly recommend
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 23 June 2023
  • Lindynz
    Te Awamutu, New Zealand149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and child friendly
    An excellent, informative, well laid out museum. Not something I had on my bucket list while in Auckland, but after a recommendation from friends we took our young children for a visit. We found it very child friendly with colouring pencils and pictures. So many different nooks and crannies for them to explore! Definitely recommend if you have the time!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 June 2023
  • An1ta069
    Melbourne, Australia182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Look into maritime history
    Located on Auckland harbour is the New Zealand Maritime Museum. A look into the Polynesian history around the area to cutting edge racing yachts, include yachts that competed in the America's Cup. It shows the stories that shaped New Zealand as a sea faring nation. Lots of displays of historical sea craft, up to modern day technology. Don't miss out on the firing of the cannon. $20 admission fee very reasonable, and you can easily spend several hours looking at all of the exhibitions. Great for everyone.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Terese W
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting! Good value!
    We had a rainy afternoon to fill before our flight and chose to visit the Maritime Museum. We got much more than we expected seeing hundreds of boats and hearing their stories. We also were struck by the story of Peter Blake and the emigration stories.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Andreea G
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain283 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite interesting
    It was quite interesting to learn about the history of Māori navigation as well the journeys that took to the discovery of the islands. My favorite part was the Immigration section, quite emotional and life changing. We didn’t care at all about the yachting/speed boat section. We also filled in a questionnaire when we exited… quite strange and irrelevant questions and extremely long process, took around 10 minutes
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
  • Michael F
    Audubon, Minnesota35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum and a wonderful ride on an old sailing ship.
    We were curious about the museum so we checked it out. Tourists pay for admission but, for a very reasonable price, you can add a one hour ride on a sailing ship. At the time of this writing, it was $30usd to do both! Great value! The museum has three areas; Sailing history for early Maori people, sailing and settlement for Europeans, and then a world cup history. All of them were very well done and really interesting. Then we got on an older ship with sails a took a trip around the bay. The volunteers were wonderful and fun to talk with. We got to help raise the sails and we moved fast. We had so much fun! We highly recommend taking time to check it out!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 December 2023
  • Bruno
    Nottingham, United Kingdom169 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating Maritime History museum in Auckland.
    We spent over 3 hours at this fascinating presentation of Auckland & New Zealand’s maritime history on a rainy day. Maori & settlers experiences are covered, along with a contemporary gallery on the Americas cup. Harbour tours are offered on vintage boats, for an additional charge, but not appropriate for us in view of the weather.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 December 2023
  • ND F
    Vancouver, Canada432 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot of history and great displays to view.
    Great location along the waterfront promenade. Was pleasantly surprised by the size of the museum and the expanse of displays. Entry is free if you’re an Auckland resident. Otherwise, it was $24 NZ for adult entry. Don’t recall the family or senior rates as I went in as a single.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 February 2024
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,356 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Nice Museum
    We stopped at this museum during our recent stay in Auckland. We enjoyed the museum, especially the sections related to the early history of the Maori and their boast and relationship to the sea. The section on immigration to New Zealand was also fascinating. There was a large display covering yachting and yacht racing as well. Everything was well-displayed and nicely labelled. I would recommend adding this to your itinerary in Auckland if you can.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 February 2024
  • napavalleydiner
    Yountville, California79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good museum with interesting exhibits
    We had not planned to go to this museum, but were walking in the area and decided to check it out. This is a really well-done museum covering a variety of topics relating to the sea. One of our favorites was the section on immigrants from the UK and the immense hardships they survived for a better life. Another favorite was about the America's Cup and the film about Sir Peter Blake. Makes you appreciate the work involved in yacht racing.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 February 2024
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Mouzouris
Detroit, MI1,617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We spent 2 full days in Auckland so we had enough time to visit the maritime museum. A lot of stuff to see and learn. Would highly recommend to get the package with the boat ride as it was very relaxing and get a different view of the city/skyline. If I had to think one improvement would be the lay out/floors are not that clear of how to navigate even with the map provided. But not a big issue. Highly recommend it.
Written 9 April 2024
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DoughnutDoney
Benson, UK55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Went in early March 2024 and was pretty impressed with the museum. A good selection of stands to look at going back the early days right up to the current time. You will need a good few hours here to see it all.
Written 9 April 2024
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MumsyKent
Ightham, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had a guided tour with Godfrey which was wonderful; just the right amount of information and facts all delivered in a clear and, interesting manner. It was honestly the best guided tour we’ve had - anywhere! I would highly recommend it.
Written 22 March 2024
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Peter M
Ocean Grove, Australia429 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is a very interesting museum that traces the types of vessels used by the Maori to arrive at and settle in Nes Zealand, the migration of European settlers through to the recent successes of the country in international sailing competitions. Well worth a visit.
Written 18 March 2024
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John G
Saint Georges-super-Ely, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Starts off a bit underwhelming but gets better as you go.
The rocking room of an early cabin is a neat idea.
There are lots of short videos and interactive screens to keep most of us entertained and educated, but two at least are too long. One has a running time of 48 mins and another 80 mins. I have no doubt that Peter Blake was a remarkable Kiwi, but how many visitors will sit through an 80 minute tribute?
All in all though I spent 2 hours there and I don’t really like sailing!
Written 11 March 2024
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JanetSmith95
Nantwich, UK247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We visited here during our stay in Auckland. So much to see in the museum and the harbour cruise on the ted Ashby was also excellent. Great crew with lots of information delivered in an amusing manner. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
Written 2 March 2024
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napavalleydiner
Yountville, CA79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had not planned to go to this museum, but were walking in the area and decided to check it out. This is a really well-done museum covering a variety of topics relating to the sea. One of our favorites was the section on immigrants from the UK and the immense hardships they survived for a better life. Another favorite was about the America's Cup and the film about Sir Peter Blake. Makes you appreciate the work involved in yacht racing.
Written 25 February 2024
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Paula Annadale
Hamilton, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Awesome loved it totally awesome learning for kids, great central location. We'll be back again to learn more about boating history.
Written 17 February 2024
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,356 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We stopped at this museum during our recent stay in Auckland. We enjoyed the museum, especially the sections related to the early history of the Maori and their boast and relationship to the sea. The section on immigration to New Zealand was also fascinating. There was a large display covering yachting and yacht racing as well. Everything was well-displayed and nicely labelled. I would recommend adding this to your itinerary in Auckland if you can.
Written 16 February 2024
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ellen5181
New York City, NY222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Soooo interesting. Something for everyone really. Chit chat with a docent. They can be fascinating. Sorry I didn’t book on of the sail trips but another time.
Written 7 February 2024
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