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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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I am disgusted by the whole history of whaling so I'm a pretty tough sell on maritime museums, but I had a bit of time and wandered in. This one did a good job of talking about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Federal Way, Washington
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Federal Way, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I am disgusted by the whole history of whaling so I'm a pretty tough sell on maritime museums, but I had a bit of time and wandered in. This one did a good job of talking about the technology (fascinating in itself, to a level I would not have believed possible), the culture of maritime industries and showcasing all the... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Like several other foreign visitors who have reviewed this site, this museum was the first place we visited upon ariving in Auckland. The place isn’t huge but it adequately covers a lot of ground from New Zealand’s maritime history to America’s Cup competitions and fervor. It begins with a collection of watercraft, including those of Maori and other Pacific islanders.... More 

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New Orleans, LA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

It was interesting history of New Zealand and Maori sailing. I probably would have gottten a lot more out of it if I knew anything about sailng, which I don't. Great exhibits.

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We visited the museum late in the day having done a cruise around the harbour. It did not look that big from the outside but was like a tardis. The layout and the number of boats from Maori canoes to the round the world yacht was tremendous. The information with the exhibits was clear, well presented and very informative. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A very good museum conveniently located in Aukland's port area, it offers something for seafarers, boat enthusiasts, and those interested in New Zealand's history. There is a nice flow between the various displays and the ability to view items up close. A wealth of information is available for those so inclined, but it is also a pleasurable and informative experience... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

You'll learn how New Zealand and the Pacific are related, how Maori arrived to New Zealand, how commerce was done over the years, how the America's Cup was won and lost.

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Devon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Visiting here was a bit of an after thought to fill a couple of spare hours but we are so glad we went in. The exhibitions clearly confirm the love and respect that the people of the islands have for the sea. The tribute to Peter Blake was so moving and clearly shows the pride in his achievements felt by... More 

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Auckland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Worth a visit, very friendly staff and good food with a nice view. Not too expensive. Makes a convenient spot for business meetings, too.

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Otago Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Great to see and enjoy with friends, what the early settlers to NZ went through. Trace your family on the ship they travelled to NZ, on the museums shipping list computers. Great location and fantastic displays.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We went here on our first day in NZ and it was a perfect introduction to the seagoing culture of the country. There's a lot of information on the settlement and immigration. Maori culture, and the passion for the Americas Cup. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was inside and outside on the piers. We wanted to take... More 

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