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Set sail on a voyage of discovery
Visit Auckland’s waterfront Maritime Museum to discover New Zealand’s story. Through seven different galleries you can explore how the first Polynesians got here, experience the hardships the first European settlers faced, and be inspired by our modern day maritime heroes. Along the way you can try your hand at yacht design, relax in a kiwi style bach, hoist the sails, hear the cannon fire, test your sea legs and batten down the hatches in the rocking cabin.
There’s plenty of opportunity to get out on the water too. The Museum’s fully-restored heritage scow Ted Ashby sets sail six days a week taking visitors on a one hour harbour cruise. You can take in the city skyline and the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge as you navigate the sparkling water of the Waitemata Harbour.
Breeze is the Museum’s beautiful wooden tall ship who sets sail every Sunday. Climb on board for the full day Breeze Gulf Experience and you’ll be able to help the crew set the sails as you experience what life was like for New Zealand’s 19th Century merchant sailors. Luckily it’s not all hard work – you can also relax in the sun, take a dip in the ocean, and enjoy an island stop or two. Full day trips on Breeze are fully catered with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea included. You might even get lucky and spot a dolphin or two.
North Island ▷ Auckland Region ▷ Auckland
Museum open 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week
Very nice museum on the waterfront. Plenty of things to do and see. Very informative and great exhibits.
An interesting look at New Zealand's european and Maori maritime history. Not amazing but it is not particularly an area with which I have much enthusiasm.
Great information on history and displays all different and interactive. Sir Peter Blakes section is excellent.
We had been there for four hours, we could have stayed another four hours.
Exceeded our expectations, there's a lot more to it than is apparent from the outside. Wide variety of exhibits in different formats. Great for a rainy day.
Presented NZ's maritime history in an easy to absorb way, using mock ups, visual and narrative methods. Well worth an hour or two. The included boat trip around harbour was superb value.
Great museum. Lots of construction work under way when I visited. New wing looks to be impressive. The boat trip on the harbour was the best bit
Roger & Margaret
Lots to see and well presented.