Timings : 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Time Required : Any time
Entry Fee : Adult Museum entry - NZD 20
Adult Museum + Heritage Sailing - NZD 50
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New Zealand has a rich history of maritime navigation, spanning from the Maori voyages of maritime exploration to the European naval conquests of the region. The New Zealand Maritime Museum houses the most extensive collection of naval artefacts in New Zealand and is a celebration of this rich maritime tradition. Situated across from the Viaduct Harbour, the New Zealand Maritime Museum is located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD.
Inaugurated in 1993, the New Zealand Maritime Museum conducts a variety of activities during the week to reaffirm the people’s connection to the ocean. The Maori name given to the New Zealand Maritime Museum, Hui Te Ananui A Tangora, loosely translates to ‘the abode of the sea god Tangaroa’ and is a reflection of the critical role that the indigenous community played in the development of New Zealand’s maritime heritage.
Over 130 watercraft, as diverse as surfboards used for navigation to fully functional 20 m heritage boats that are taken out to the harbour on sailing trips, reside in the Maritime Museum. The Museum collection also includes items related to the diverse naval and maritime history of the nation. It contains artefacts that chronicle topics as far-ranging European voyages of exploration, modern commercial shipping, and maritime trade.