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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Maritime collections from old days till today's racing

Being "yachties" we enjoyed spending some time in this museum. Some of the collections you would find in any maritime museum, but some are specially related to NZ and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Western Norway, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Being "yachties" we enjoyed spending some time in this museum. Some of the collections you would find in any maritime museum, but some are specially related to NZ and the maritime history here. To see all exhibiions indoor/outdoor take some time but it is well worth a visit. The museum location is very good, near lots of restaurants/cafe's.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Excellent museum! Contains so much information about New Zealand how they were involved in World War I and II. Lots of interesting objects on display. And there is so much more. Also, the walk to get there on King Edward Parade Road is lovely.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Excellent museum focusing mainly on New Zealand's involvement in the first and second world wars from a naval prospective. Note it has moved recently (within the last 5 years!) - turn right out of the ferry terminal and walk for ten/15 minutes along the shoreline path until you reach the museum - can't miss it! Also has a pretty good... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

No matter what your understanding of the sea, seafaring, yacht building may be-don't hesitate to enter. You are transported back in time to the most humble of rafts that somehow braved the oceans and seas. Every rope crisscrossed, knotted , stretched to ensure seaworthiness. The utmost care was taken in the assembling of these nupital vessels. And you imagine, who... More 

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Dili, East Timor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Located centrally in the main harbor, this museum provides a great insight into life of Auckland and the country.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

So, so interesting, we were there for 4 hours and could have stayed longer. Lots of little documentaries playing everywhere, if you feel you need a little sit down. Brilliantly presented.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I came to the museum because I had a couple of hours to kill - I wish I'd have several more. The directional signage could be a little better and at the entrance it's unclear where the museum actually starts and if you have to pay - I walked right past with out paying and then discovered locals get free... More 

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Such a welcoming feeling in this Museum. We walked around the water from the ferry, and stumbled across the Museum. Such a wealth of information, but displayed in a visually pleasing way. I was watching a family with 3 children and those kids were so engaged in a little treasure hunt that was provided by the establishment. I was fascinated... More 

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Geelong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

A very insightful and interesting place to visit . From the historical beginnings of NZ maritime Maori traditions and craft, the immigration over the centuries and then an amazing display of Americas cup -Whitbread sailing and the sport of sailing in general in a display you probably won't find anywhere else . It really is the city of sails .

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Gunzburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Plenty of interesting objects on display, dedicated to NZs maritime history and the people whose lives were shaped by it. There is plenty to see for both adults and children, ranging from the colonisation days to NZ's more recent sailing successes.

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