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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
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

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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Brought back memories

Amazing seeing old technology, much of which I have used not that long ago. The kids loved it too, especially the old buildings.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing seeing old technology, much of which I have used not that long ago. The kids loved it too, especially the old buildings.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I had delightful experience today visiting the New Zealand Maritime Museum in Auckland. The Concierge at our hotel told us it was a great place to visit. He was definitely right. Honestly, it was better than I had expected. We had a wonderful volunteer guide give us a delightful tour. She expertly guided us through the individual... More 

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Bellvue, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stopped here during a trip to Auckland's harbor and were hooked. There are so many interesting exhibits in this museum! The sections on immigration were excellent: lots of personal stories that complemented the historical elements. The shipbuilding rooms were lovely - I never thought I'd be so captivated by tools. The early woodworking tools were works of art. One... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very extensive displays spanning large two story building along with outdoor on the water displays. Shows Maori & Polynesian immigration as well as European migration to New Zealand. Yacht racing display has many original pieces. A lot to learn in less than two hours. All boats were clean and neat.

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

Really enjoyed the maritime museum on a rainy day. Free admission to city residents, affordable if you are from out of town Lots of interactive activities for young and old. Well worth the visit got learning about New Zealand's maritime history

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating ambiences are telling the history of the immigration to New Zealand, a lot of boats everywhere and even a vessel simulator!

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Before we could travel by air, it was by water. For thousands of years, people crossed the sea to find their futures and fill their lives. The examples of the evolution of travel on water displayed here are a fascinating chronicle of that history. The history of the world before the 20th century is shaped by those who mastered sea... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a fascinating look into maritime history in New Zealand, and some NZ history overall. We enjoyed the different elements of the museum and spent a nice amount of time there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very enjoyable , staff very helpful. The NZ entry into Americas cup was there. Showed how immigrants travelled in the 1800s.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum in a perfect position on the waterfront right in the heart of downtown, but - surprisingly - it's pretty disappointing. It has a collection of small sailing dinghies only of interest to people curious about the local dinghy racing scene. There is a small collection of incomplete (not rigged) Polynesian canoes, but nothing explaining how they were made,... More 

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

Thank-you for your review. We value feedback about how we can improve our visitor's experience. We do have several on the water experiences, however our boats are taken out at different times of the year for annual maintenance. Sailings are also subject to weather conditions and it is unfortunate that over the past few weeks sailings have been limited due... More 

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