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“Nice Maritime Museum” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum

Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum
149-159 Quay Street | Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1140, New Zealand
64 9 373 0800
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Ranked #15 of 88 Attractions in Auckland
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: With the largest maritime collection in New Zealand, Voyager 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: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Montreal
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“Nice Maritime Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Tells the maritime history of New Zealand with an emphasis on Auckland, the city of sails. Particular strengths are the boats of the Maori and other Pacific peoples, and an extensive exhibition on yachting. A seafood restaurant is integrated into the museum, and the museum is integrated into the waterfront.

Visited October 2012
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Auckland
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“Diffently worth a visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Great way to see NZ's maritime history! Well worth spending two hours here. The Peter Blake expedition is fantastic

Visited November 2012
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We really enjoyed seeing the displays of boats through the ages. The exhibits were very interesting and wish we could have spent more time there. The guide was very helpful and informative - it was part of a tour that also included a city drive and a sail on the harbour on an old yacht. I gather the folk there are volunteers and they do a fantastic job. Make sure you also book a trip on the yacht to see the harbour and all the boats in the marina's.

Visited November 2012
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“All about New Zealand sea faring past.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

This museum, at the heart of Auckland, seems to be a bit of an under appreciated joy.

When your visit starts you have to pass through the back of a restaurant, which should be very irritating for people eating there, and puzzling for the visitor that may then brace himself for the worst after such start, but fear not, the experience is quite enjoyable and several surprises will be at hand.

The first thing on offer is a nice animated film about how New Zealand may have been discovered by Maori sea faring people, the exhibition then continues with numerous examples of canoes made in this part of the world by the different peoples living there, some of them are more interesting than others, but one certainly gets a good overview about these artefacts.

Later on there are examples of small modern yachts that exemplify the love of the Kiwis for sailing.

Both exhibits combine neatly in the highlight of the museum: the yacht that won the America Cup of yachting for New Zealand in the 90s.

The yacht is an impressive piece of design and engineering, you walk around it at the same time as you ascend , so one gets a whole idea of the kind of boat this is. The open corridors around the yacht have all kind of memorabilia about the yacht, the race it won and the most important people of her crew.

Other part of the museum focuses in how people emigrated into New Zealand, something I found quite informative.

Other part of the museum concentrates in the different kind of vessels used by European adventurers during their exploration and colonization of the country, this information is punctuated by highly detailed models.

Yet another part of the museum concentrates on commercial ships, with detailed explanations of how they were used, memorabilia, and yet more detailed models of many of the ships.

A somehow incongruous temporary exhibition about an artist and anti-nuclear campaigner happened to be in the museum at the time. I found this boring although I understand the importance and relevance of the topic to NZ, but perhaps this was not the best place to present this exhibition.

The museum shop was uninteresting, and if you want a bite when you leave you can't miss the restaurant, which you will have to go through again in your wait out of the museum.

Overall I was quite pleased with my visit, the museum exceeded my expectations.

Visited October 2012
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“Very thorough and detailed exhibits”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

The museum is located right on the waterfront in the Quay area. Plan for at least a few hours to explore and read through all the exhibits. There is a lot of excellent info presented on the history and timeline of the European exploration and migration, and a significant amount of exhibits on the NZ America's Cup history and recent sailing prowess. Lots of videos. Well worth your time to stop by in the City of Sails.

Visited October 2012
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