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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
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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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Great museum

Excellent place to spend a few hours. Really enjoyed the room that swayed to simulate the conditions below deck for the early English immigrants. Distinct lack of staff around the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Wizzo2016
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Christchurch, New Zealand

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent place to spend a few hours. Really enjoyed the room that swayed to simulate the conditions below deck for the early English immigrants. Distinct lack of staff around the place though if you do have questions.

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Surrey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent quite a while in the museum. The exhibits ranged from the first Polynesian settlers to new Zealand winning the Americas cup. Films were shown on repeating loops and there were lots of boats exhibited. We didn't go on the sailing activities but they seemed popular.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum was a bit heavy on the boating information for me, and there was a lot of reading to fully appreciate what it had to offer. My favorite part was the room that moved as if you were on a moving ship!

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FL USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The displays and interactive opportunities are really excellent. There is so much to see. Be sure to allow time there. For cruise passengers who come to Auckland, it is an easy walk from the cruise port to this wonderful museum.

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Coonabarabran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited in January '16 and found the museum to be well laid out according to themed aspects of maritime history. I found the information associated with the displays to be very interesting and would have liked more time.I was there one hour but could have spent at least 2 Hours. Centrally located on the waterfront

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Windsor, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A great way to spend a cold or rainy day if you are by the harbor There is a very good exhibit of Maori history explaining how they came to NZ There is an exhibit of their boats and how they made them There is also an exhibit of the history of whaling in NZ

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We allowed about two hours to visit the museum but found we should have doubled that. Having an interest in maritime history, I found the exhibits to offer a very wide range of subjects, including a very good range of videos, most of which I will need to go back and watch properly. The museum offers a combination of viewing... More 

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Waverly, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not a real museum buff...but this one was fun. Walk through the different water craft through the years. Lots of miniatures of ships, and even a walk through memory lane...swimsuits from 1940s and up. Be sure and add the sailboat in the harbor trip....so relaxing and 'easy'.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in a purpose built building on the waterfront close to the Ferry Terminal and Britomart in the heart of the city, the museum is home to many fascinating marine artefacts. At the time of our visit here was also a temporary - but extensive - display documenting the history of the bathing costume, cleverly interwoven with the other sailing... More 

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Mears, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting and well laid out museum dong great work to preserve New Zealand Maritime history. Our Guide, John,was extremely knowledgeable, The boats are beautiful. A particular favorite was the " Puke", New Zealand's oldest steam powered craft.

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