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Visit the New Zealand Maritime Museum 

New Zealand Maritime Museum

Celebrating the explorative spirit of a seafaring nation
Opening hours
Currently closed
Monday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Cast off for a journey to discover New Zealand’s story. The New Zealand Maritime Museum tells the stories that created a nation, stories that have defined our identity as New Zealanders.

From the first discovery by Kupe, to one of the most courageous migrations by the Polynesian peoples, to Abel Tasman and then Captain Cook. Our spirit of exploration was forged and the boundaries of possibility broken.

Maritime’s galleries recreate many of the defining stories of New Zealand’s maritime heritage. The museum honours and celebrates those who sailed to the limits of their imagination.

Interactive and immersive, this museum is a great place for young and the young at heart. Try your hand at yacht design, relax in the bach, hoist the sails, hear the cannon fire, test your sea legs and batten down the hatches in the rocking cabin.

Join their crew for a sailing aboard the beautifully maintained heritage scow Ted Ashby. Enjoy the feeling of the wind in your hair, the sound of the waves and the smell of the salt air. Take in the city skyline including the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge as she navigates the sparkling water of the Waitemata. For more information, and booking details for the Ted Ashby sailings - click here.

Bookings recommended, additional cost for sailing.

Open 7 days a week 10am - 5pm, final public admissions are at 4pm each day.

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Park for $2 per hour at the Downtown car park on evenings and weekends. Find out more.

Come into the city centre on public transport for as little as $2 each way. Find out more

Last updated: 17 November 2021

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