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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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10:00 am - 5:00 am
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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The history the culture

Take a moment to step back in time to where the story begins. The culture, the first immigrants, the history, then onto the Americas cup win. So very interesting and informative... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Take a moment to step back in time to where the story begins. The culture, the first immigrants, the history, then onto the Americas cup win. So very interesting and informative. The exhibits let you take your time. Stop for a while and listen to the documentaries. Lots to see and get involved with. Enjoyed it. Especially good if the... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It had been several years since last visiting this museum. Situated in the Viaduct area and close to many good restaurants and the wharf area of downtown Auckland. On arriving we were asked whether we would like a free guided tour of the museum. This was a good choice. Our guide was very friendly, a local and was full of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wheelchair access. YES ... conditionally. There are two levels in the museum. Lifts to the upper floor and upper galleries are NOT in evidence. Entry fee - YES. Well laid out - part interactive, child friendly - maritime museum. The most interesting sections for this particular visitor were: #1 - the exhibition of voyaging canoes that crossed the vast expanses... More 

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

Thank-you for your thorough review of our museum. We are always happy to receive constructive feedback from our guests. To your comment regarding the lack of lifts to the upper galleries - we do have elevators near the atrium to accommodate guests that require it. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a pleasant surpise! Fantastic! I highly recommend! Great few hours for the whole family and very reasonably priced! I would definitely visit again!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were given tickets to the museum so went for a look & ended up spending half a day here. Plenty of history to see here. Great photo opportunities with some of the displays.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Auckland Maritime Museum grandiosely calls itself the New Zealand Maritime Museum. It isn't, in any sense. The museum is small, occupying a limited space in the Viaduct. The location is certainly central, but the limited range of displays means that the museum is not popular. I am a great fan of museums, but I find this one lacks any... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good place to spend a couple of hours. Has a good collection of boats and artefacts if you are interested in maritime history. My favourite section was the immigration bit and learning why people moved here and what their accomplishments have been. Many being from Scotland funnily enough.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great time visiting today, very interesting stuff. I particularly enjoyed the older ships and the immigrants part, wasn't very interested in the Americas cup stuff though. Great way to spend the day, sadly though there isn't a cafe in the actually museum, might be something they should look into. Overall had a good day though and the history... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This a really nice place in Auckland to visit. If you have children or a place where a family would like to spend your time around then this would be a really nice one. On top of that if your an Auckland resident and if you have a proof of your address in Auckland, then you can enter the museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set aside a few hours to wander around looking at all the exhibits. From early settlers to our yacht racing history. The displays are well set out and well presented.

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