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New Zealand Maritime Museum

Address: 149-159 Quay Street | Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1140, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-373 0800
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Ranked #17 of 99 Attractions in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: With the largest maritime collection in New Zealand, the Maritime...
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
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Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom
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175 reviews 175 reviews
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

There are great exhibitions of Maori maritime history; immigration to New Zealand by sea and modern day America Cup racing. Well worth a visit.

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Mui Ne, Vietnam
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Visiting the New Zealand Maritime Museum is an experience all sea lovers would like. I particulary liked the part of the museum dedicated to the racing.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The museum is well organised with its layout and has plenty of amazing pieces to see! The kids were so busy with the challenges in the activity booklet from the museum which was fantastic. It kept them very engaged. There's plenty of activities for the children, including an amazing crafts area! This was our favourite area by far. The only... More 

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Sarah_at_Voyager, Public Relations Manager at New Zealand Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for providing us with this feedback. I think you visited on the first day of our holiday programme when we definitely having a few teething problems managing the line for the fish feeding. Once we were aware of the issue we added more signage and made sure our staff were able to clearly explain the process... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is a quite large maritime museum, and takes at least an hour to get through if you wish to absorb most of the information. There are guides who will take you through, and give detailed information, or you can simply wander through yourself, and read some of the relevant information on the plaques. For me, I found the guides... More 

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Omapere, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

i lived in Auckland for 7 years and never made - and then it would have been free.. sadly if you not an aucklander (and have proof) it's $17 per person to walk around - though it is well worth it. The whole museum focuses obviously around water - from the early migration and history of waka building in the... More 

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Metz, Lorraine, France
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

My favorite room/exhibition was the replica of a ship on which the first settlers travelled (5 months journey!). the room moves and there is an audio atmosphere...Very nice. It's a quiet place, and just a few tourists go to this place, so you have room to look at all the Windows, and time to learn about history.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We drove up Parnell street and ended up at the Maritime Museuem. It was closed but lovely to take photos from looking down at Auckland city.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The day I went to this attraction it was a beautiful day and the gardens and building was amazing. I went inside and was amazed what I did see and all the information I saw in there. It is a place to visit if you have time.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Surrounded as it is by water, the sea had a huge impact on the settlement of New Zealand, and this is faithfully presented by the museum.. The museum owes much of its success to the on-going input of dozens of volunteers, though that's certainly not to say it is by any means an amateurishly presented attraction. I believe the standard... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We loved this museum in its central position on the waterfront at Auckland Harbour. I particularly liked the displays about the early settlers from Europe and their stories of facing the challenge of the long sea voyage and an uncertain future when they arrived. Very well displayed. The Maori displays were very interesting. My husband, a keen sailor found the... More 

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