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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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Description: 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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Not only for Mariners

If you like the sea and dream of a sailor's life this is the place to go. Present and past of maritime history packed in educational and magnificent displays.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

If you like the sea and dream of a sailor's life this is the place to go. Present and past of maritime history packed in educational and magnificent displays.

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Bristol
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We spent a couple of hours here - feeding fish, making seashore creatures and marvelling at the wonderful models and boats. Lost of interactive stuff for the kids to do while the adults can read the interesting stuff! Well worth a visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very diverse exhibits and even my wife who was reluctant to attend was very happy she did. Make sure allocate plenty of time in Sir Peter Blake exhibit. Lots of interesting films and information boards. We learned a lot and was good value.

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England
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79 reviews 79 reviews
25 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

A well laid out museum with plenty to see and some interactive exhibits. We enjoyed our stroll round and found it a very interesting place. By the time we had seen everything we had been there for just over two hours - much to our surprise. Well worth a visit!

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Gales Ferry, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Very interesting displays of America's cup boats. A large hull of the Kiwi entry that was a mismatch the the US catamaran and resulted in considerable litigation.

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San Francisco, California
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

If you are ever to understand why Auckland is named the City of Sails, this is the place to spend a half day enjoying an extraordinary collection of historic and current day exhibits, from documents and videos to full scale boats. Friendly staff is around most hours to answer any questions, and the exhibits are both indoor and out. LOads... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My partner and I visited the maritime museum late Sunday afternoon. We spent about 2 hours visiting which was ample time to see most things. There are many interesting and interactive exhibits including the history of migration to New Zealand and Maori canoeing and watercraft, through to colonial settlement and modern yachting - all tightly linked to New Zealand's history.... More 

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I enjoyed my museum experience. Very well layed out, and as much detail available as one could expect. The history of their shipping and boat origins is detailed. A must see for boat enthusiast. The museum staff was very friendly but, didn't really add much on the subject matter.

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Flowery branch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Prepare to spend a whole day there. We went after lunch, and needed more time to see all of the exhibits.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

They have a great kids program every holidays and I like to take my daughter several times a year. There is always something new and the holiday programs are excellent value for money and great learning opportunities for all!

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