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“Hidden Gem”

New Zealand Maritime Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed May 3, 2014

Free entry to Aucklanders, but most are probably unaware of its existence on the waterfront in the viaduct region. The museum is quite unique in that it traces the marine history of the early Maori, first European settlers through to the latest yachting technology. You need to spend at least a couple of hours.

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Reviewed May 1, 2014

A life time ago I was envolved in the Yacht racing community and had shared a few drinks with the likes Grant Dalton and Peter Blake. So the opportunity to visit a museum that was steeped in so much Blake memorabilia was always high on my list. They have two films on Peter, one covers the Jules Verne Trophy and the other is more a biography and I sat through both of them. The personality so well captured as I remembered him. The rest of the Museum is well worth a visit too not just on a rainy day!

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Hayley_at_Voyager, Public Relations Manager at New Zealand Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2014

Hello Ray B,

Thank you so much for your review. We are all very proud of the Blue Water Black Magic and also how it represents not only Sir Peter Blake but our great yachting nation as a whole.
We hope you enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand.

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Reviewed April 26, 2014

For all things nautical & the changes in shipping over the years this is a great museum. Especially exciting was the tribute to the America's Cup success and to Sir Peter Blake. As an Australian I had little knowledge of Sir Peter & mourn his loss with the rest of New Zealand.

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Reviewed April 25, 2014

I spent approx. 2 hours here but could have spent much more but had to go to the airport for my flight.

Excellent exhibits covering an enormous range of NZ maritime history and customs.

The exhibits on NZ32 and Sir Peter Blake were especially fascinating.

Highly recommended :-)

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Reviewed April 23, 2014

We paid approx $52 for a family ticket and you could spend a full day here and still not get round everything. there is a great variety of exhibits from the Maori settlers canoes to the racing yachts of today. there are several floors to cover and are interactive parts that kids of all ages would enjoy. we spent several hours here but by the time we got to the last halls, we were exhausted so skimmed over these.

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