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New Zealand Maritime Museum

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Address: 149-159 Quay Street | Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1140, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 9-373 0800
10:00 - 05:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 05:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

With the largest maritime collection in New Zealand, the Maritime Museum...

With the largest maritime collection in New Zealand, the Maritime Museum tells the remarkable stories of epic voyages and journeys that have shaped New Zealand's history and identity. The Museum's exhibitions explore the history and stories of the Polynesian people's migration across the Pacific, European exploration, immigration and trade, NZ's modern yachting success and our relationship with the Sea.

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We were looking for something to do on a wet day so popped in to the maritime musem. The multiple galleries give a variety of insights into NZ maritime life and history and for... read more

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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23 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were looking for something to do on a wet day so popped in to the maritime musem. The multiple galleries give a variety of insights into NZ maritime life and history and for $20 per adult it's well worth the trip. Those with small children will probably find they are bored - max it out at an hour and... More 

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Korumburra, Australia
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This is a good rainy day activity. If the sun is shining then exploring the bush and beach would have been a better option. Some nice exhibits - particularly the America's cup display. There was construction underway while we were there and this detracted from our enjoyment.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is so much to see and I would have loved to stay all afternoon but we had a lunch date to keep. I really enjoyed the America's Cup section.

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Covington, Georgia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great maritime museum(not that I am an expert on them). We were limited on time but would have loved to have spent several hours here. The museum is pretty much self serve, however there are numerous people through out to help and answer questions.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

As a paying customer (Family of 5) we found this rather disappointing. If you want to actually go on a boat you have to book in advance. There are lots of signs around telling you 'Do Not Touch'. The lady at the front desk was REALLY hard to understand. I wouldn't say this is a place for the younger kids,... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wide range of information, the historical aspect of maritime in New Zealand and the achievements in sailing and New Zealand's role in the America's Cup. Actual sea vessels and models of outstanding vessels on display. There is a huge section on 'light houses'. When we were there, there was an exhibition on migration by Tiffiny Singh, a local artist. Great... More 

Thank CikguElsie
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sailing on the Ted Ashby was my favourite part of visiting the museum, and I would highly recommend it if you get the opportunity. The crew which is made up of volunteers are all amazing and friendly, the more senior volunteers sharing their knowledge and experience with the younger crew. I was fortunate to sail around the Ovation of the... More 

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West Sussex
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having seen two Maori museums we though this would be a change. Very interesting especially the exhibit on the life of the lighthouse keepers. The surrounding area is also worth exploring.

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Dubbo, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

all though the museum had some pretty cool stuff, a lot of it was spread out over several large rooms to give it the impression that it looks bigger than it really is. I suppose you could spend more than an hour here if you really wanted too, but I honestly felt 40 - 60 minutes was enough. There is... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland
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This was an OK museum. The first bit was on Maori and Polynesian canoes before moving onto the European explorers and early coastal shipping in NZ. After that it was all about yachts, which got a bit boring after a while. It was nevertheless interesting to see the America's Cup and one of the winning yachts on display. The section... More 

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