Auckland Museum
Auckland Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Discover and experience Maori culture, with daily cultural shows and an internationally significant Maori and Pacific collection to explore, the Auckland Museum is a must see attraction. Housed in an Iconic building within the grounds of a tranquil park, the Auckland Museum is a place to discover and learn about New Zealand's culture and its natural history. Since 1929, the Museum has served as place of remembrance for the many Aucklanders who have sacrificed their lives in war.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • NatashaJ
    Copenhagen, Denmark16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An even greater experience with a knowledable guide!
    I had the pleasure of having Murray as my guide as I visited the museum in late July. The tour was supposed to last about an hour, but took quite a while longer, as Murray was more than happy to answer all my questions. I can warmly recommend everyone to book the guided tour, especially if you're in a bit of a hurry and haven't gotten the time to browser around for hours, but still want to know all the cool stuff.
    Wow, what tremendous endorsement for Murray! Thanks for visiting and taking your time to review. We will pass along your feedback to the guides.
    Written October 19, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Alison T
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome visit
    I was visiting the museum with friends to see the Egyptian exhibition which is on at present. I have been to Egypt twice and it felt like I was able to get more up close and personal with objects in this exhibition. It was also amazing to see Peter and Barbara as soon as we entered. Went through to 53 other end of the museum to find my great uncle in the WWII roll of honour and as soon as we walked through from the new to the old it was like being transported back to my childhood. We’ll be back to see all of those memories in our next visit
    We are so pleased that we can take you on a journey back to your childhood here at Tāmaki Paenga Hira. We hope to see you again soon.
    Written November 19, 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Nov Shu
    Singapore, Singapore125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good venue for family
    With teenage kids this was still a good venue to spend time. The displays are well curated and pretty informative. The interactive aspect was nice to experience as I am not a museum person. We had bad weather and this place was ideal to spend some good time with kids. Will recommend to add to your things to do.
    Kia ora, we're glad that there was something for everyone on your visit. Please do pop in again on your next rainy day!
    Written November 19, 2023
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    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Smoltman
    Courtenay, Canada10,612 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic museum
    We spent over 5 hours at this museum and could have spent more. At the time they had an Egyptian exhibit so we did that one as well. Lots of artifacts and good descriptions of the items. The Maori exhibit was also fantastic and the carvings were especially unique and beautiful. To much to see and comment on so I highly recommend going and see them when in Auckland.
    So wonderful to hear that you spent so much time at Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Thank you for visiting and for leaving such a glowing review.
    Written November 19, 2023
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    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 8, 2023
  • timjstark
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin687 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even better than I thought!
    We almost did not visit this museum as the word "War" was listed within the title of the museum and that is not among the sights that we wanted to focus on during our short stay in Auckland. There is a floor (the top I think) that is the War Museum, but this museum is so much more! We spent about 2 hours learning about the prehistory of New Zealand, Maori culture, arts, and history as well as natural history in general before we witnessed the Maori "performance" which was amazing. After that, we had a lovely tea break in the beautiful atrium area (this place is huge) and finished with more Maori research. All in all, a day that exceeded my expectations.!
    Kia ora Tim, so lovely to hear you enjoyed your visit so much. There is always something for everyone.
    Written November 26, 2023
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    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 22, 2023
  • cherrysontop77
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    LOVED IT
    What a great day so much to see and do very informative Volunteers and Staff. Loved Barbara and Peter so cool absolutely massive. Lovely food in the cafe great coffee friendly smiley staff. Excellent! It was so good we came back the next day for 1 more look at Barbara and Peter.
    Thank you for your review. So glad you enjoyed your visit with Peter and Barbara - they go off display on 10 Dec. If you would love to see them before they go, you still have some time!
    Written November 26, 2023
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    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 25, 2023
  • tracy
    Ventura County Coast, California11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Auckland Museum & Cultural Exoerience
    We arrived in Auckland early in the morning after a long flight. It was too early to check into to our hotel so we took the rental car to the museum, had a coffee until it opened, then enjoyed the exhibits before watching the Māori performance. It was a perfect intro to the country. Such a wonderful museum with interesting displays covering the history and culture of New Zealand. Theres even an earthquake simulators! Especially enjoyed the Māori cultural performance and haka.
    Kia ora, thank you for your amazing feedback on the Māori cultural performance. We're incredibly proud that so many of our visitors enjoy it and take some of that experience home with them. Mā te wā.
    Written November 30, 2023
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    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 29, 2023
  • SFCFJ
    San Francisco, California97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprisingly rich collections!
    What a surprising museum. It has “war” in the name, and there are great exhibits for WWI, WWII and earlier. However, the Maori cultural exhibits were even better. The exhibits about Auckland itself were fascinating. There is so much to see at this museum.
    Kia ora, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the wide range of items on display.
    Written December 3, 2023
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    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 1, 2023
  • flo220
    New York City, New York349 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum -- enjoyed cultural aspects most
    Interesting museum that combines a national war memorial, a natural history museum and a museum of the history of New Zealand and the Maori culture. We found the history and culture aspects the most interesting and spent several hours in the museum. Cafe to grab lunch. Admission costs for visitors to attend and additional cost for cultural performances.
    Kia ora, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are so glad to hear that you found your visit so interesting. Ngā mihi.
    Written December 10, 2023
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    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 5, 2023
  • Jo-Ann X
    124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit, especially for first timers to NZ
    Exploring the Auckland War Memorial Museum is a "two-for-one" experience that combines both a museum and a war memorial in one grand building. Inside, we delved deep into the rich tapestry of Māori culture and Auckland's history. The day had an unexpected surprise - an immersive experience of an "imagined" volcanic eruption in Auckland Harbour that sent shivers down our spines. Well worth the visit
    Kia ora Jo-Ann, thank you for sharing your experience at Tāmaki Paenga Hira. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and got more out of it than you were expecting. We hope to see you again one day. Mā te wā.
    Written January 2, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 28, 2023
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Klibra
Chicago, IL174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
After missing out on a day trip to Rangori, I wanted to get some knowledge on the Maori culture, and this museum did not disappoint, We arrived when the museum opened (recommended) paid for the Maori experience and culture show. Many artifacts of the Maori life style, history and facts on this amazing culture and their contribuutions to this country. The 20 minute Maori culture experience is worth it. Similar to a Luau, there are authentic tribesmen that explain the importance of their dance and culture. There is also an amazing tribute to WWII and New Zealand’s contribution. There is a cafe and plenty of restrooms. This is also a stop on the hop on hop off tour.
Written January 12, 2020
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Kia Ora, we are so glad you enjoyed our Maori Cultural Performance. Thanks so much for visiting and for your kind review, safe travels!
Written January 13, 2020
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Hockeybo
Augusta, ME365 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Nice museum we enjoyed the natural history and Morí displays. It is in a nice location. They are not shy about having visitors pay $25 each for admission but locals are free guess they figure we will not return. Overall worth it.
Written February 29, 2020
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Kia Ora, thanks for visiting our Museum and taking the time to leave a review. It’s great to hear that you enjoyed our displays, especially the Maori and Natural History galleries. While we understand the frustration that we ask international visitors to pay to enter the Museum, this is because Aucklanders have already contributed towards the running of the Museum through their Council rates. These rates alone do not cover all of the costs of running the Museum, so we do need to charge international visitors an entry fee. We’re confident that the price charged is well worth it. We’re glad you enjoyed your visit. Safe travels!
Written March 1, 2020
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Singent
Halifax, Canada844 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
We were able to get tickets to the Auckland Museum by using our British Airways Avios points. The regular adult admission was $25.NZD per person.

The museum is well maintained and the displays are beautifully presented. We were very impressed with the Maori sailing vessels and artistic carvings.

The third floor is dedicated to the people who served in the many different wars. There is also information and displays about these wars.

There is a well stocked Museum Shop on site with a big variety of beautiful merchandise.
Written February 6, 2020
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Kia ora, thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Auckland Museum. It's wonderful that you got to visit using your BA points - that's a useful tip for others!
Written February 6, 2020
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BrisbaneAnne2014
Brisbane, Australia50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
A majestic building, we travelled here to visit the Wildlife Photography Exhibition which was included in the museum admission price. Had missed the exhibition in London so was stoked to see it in Auckland. Would highly recommend. Finished our morning with a coffee in the coffee house near the Winter Garden.
Written March 20, 2020
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Kia ora, thanks for visiting and leaving such a great review. We are so glad you got to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition!
Written March 22, 2020
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Donald S
Brentwood, CA134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We went from our cruise ship to the museum by public transportation, which was excellent. The setting is beautiful, the building is beautiful and the exhibits are great. We had a volunteer guide who spent two hours with us and she was very knowledgable and a good communicator. We highly recommend the Auckland Museum!
Written January 28, 2020
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Kia Ora, thanks so much for visiting Auckland Museum and leaving such a kind review! We are glad you enjoyed our exhibits and it's always great to hear such wonderful things about our lovely volunteer guides - safe travels!
Written January 29, 2020
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Dara W
Bavaria, Germany376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We walked the 30 minutes from CBD which wasn’t too bad (just typical Auckland style of being uphill). We started our time here with the Maori culture performance. The performance is a half hour and definitely worth the additional ticket cost. We loved learning more about their traditions and culture. All of the performers were amazing and so passionate about sharing the Maori culture with us. We arrived for the 11am shoe and finished our time at the museum a little but after 1pm. Great way to start our day! Be warned if you bring a backpack you have to put it in a locker for the duration of your time at the museum.
Written January 3, 2020
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Kia ora, thanks for your review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit, and your experience of the Maori cultural performance. Safe travels!
Written January 5, 2020
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KevinLety
Boiling Springs, SC24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This museum has many interested things to see. There are great cultural and historical displays about the Maori. You can also attend a Maori cultural performance, which I highly recommend. There is also an entire floor devoted to honoring the service of New Zealand citizens who fought in WWI and WWII. The names of those lost are commemorated on wall tiles. Another area features displays of various dinosaurs once found in New Zealand. There is also much about the geologic history of New Zealand including a room all about volcanoes, which gave birth to the country. If all that is not enough, the very best experience we had was seeing the virtual reality show about Antarctica. This was fantastic, taking you up close with the penguins and the land of Antarctica. Do not miss this!
Written February 10, 2020
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Kia Ora Kevin, it's great to hear you enjoyed our various displays, and thankyou for taking the time to leave such a detailed review. We are so glad you enjoy the Antarctica Experience too. Safe travels!
Written February 10, 2020
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Poleinahole
Switzerland2,379 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Be sure to set aside enough time to take in all the exhibits if this museum. The NZ history and Oceana exhibitions and artifacts are especially impressive. I spent two hours just taking this all in.

The WW I and II exhibits on the third floor with both a Zero and a Spitfire plane on display are also very good.

Tip: if you arrive around 3:15 pm and ask, they will stamp your entry ticket so you can also visit the next day. That makes it easier to take in all this museum has yo offer.

They also have about five Maori cultural shows a day. You pay extra for that in addition to requiring an entry ticket.
Written March 6, 2020
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Kia ora, thanks for visiting and leaving such a great and informative review! We are glad you got to spend lots of time perusing our various exhibits and displays, especially the War galleries. Safe travels!
Written March 8, 2020
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Stewarts Vacation
1,543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Our visit to the museum this time was chiefly to view the display on ancient Greeks: Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors, and Heroes exhibition. According to the website, it is the largest collection of ancient Greek artefacts ever loaned from the British Museum to New Zealand. A rare opportunity to see such old and well preserved artefacts. Definitely was worth a visit or two! I have recently become a member of the museum and would highly recommend this option, particularly when it comes to special exhibitions that have an entrance fee.
It's a while since we were last at the museum and we were hugely impressed with all the changes that have been made and also the new displays. We will need to return to explore these areas further. The T-Rex skeleton in the foyer is a marvelous sight! The Kai room (for eating food brought from home) is much more accessible now which is great for young families. We thought the cafe area had very limited seating, but then they allowed customers to sit in the restaurant chairs or purchase takeaways to enjoy in the Kai room, which was helpful. All in all, it was a wonderful visit.
Written November 12, 2022
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Robert R
Fairfax, VA858 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We spent about 3 hours at the museum and found the most interesting exhibits dealt with the Maoris. The other stuff was okay but it was standard stuff found in other places. Worth about 2 hours especiall if you pay for the Maori show option.
Written March 26, 2020
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Kia ora Robert, thanks for taking the time to visit the Museum and leave us such a nice review. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed our Maori exhibits and cultural performance, it's one of our favourites too!
Written April 21, 2020
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