Being an island, New Zealand has a long nautical history. From the arrival of the first Polynesian people through today, much of New Zealand life revolves around the sea, especially here in Auckland where it is said that one in four people have a boat.
The New Zealand Maritime Museum is one of my two favourite museums in Auckland (the other is the Auckland Museum). It takes us through the nation’s nautical history with actual boats, replicas, stories, interactive exhibits and more. I am only touching upon it here with a few photos from my last visit:
Practical Information and Tips
- They offer daily sailings on the Ted Ashby Sailing Scow as well as other boat options (I will be going out on a Breeze Gulf Experience at the start of next season). Check out the sailing time schedule to help plan your visit.
- Entrance to the Maritime Museum is free for Auckland ratepayers.
- The SS Puke is a working ship and touching or leaning in the wrong spot will get you greasy (I know this first-hand).
- The museum is where I checked in before heading out on the dolphin and whale excursion.
If you want to learn more, this is a great book Sir Peter Blake: An Amazing Life.