The New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa is a maritime museum in Auckland, New Zealand. It is located on Hobson Wharf, adjacent to the Viaduct Harbour in central Auckland. It houses exhibitions spanning New Zealand's maritime history, from the first Polynesian explorers and settlers to modern day triumphs at the America's Cup. Its Maori name is 'Te Huiteanaui-A-Tangaroa' – holder of the treasures of Tangaroa (the Sea God).
The museum's founding director was Rodney Wilson, who from 1989 led fundraising efforts to establish the museum, which opened in 1993, the year the America's Cup regatta was held in Auckland. The cost was estimated at NZ$11.1 million.
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|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
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|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Chris Furlong | Feb 8, 2018
This is a good place to go for an afternoon if your free. The layout is very nice and the galleries are very organized. If you can check out there website and see if you can plan your time around one of their events to make it more interesting.
Victoria van Bokhoven | Jan 18, 2018
I'm not a boat person so I think my score would be higher if I was. There is heaps to do here and many of the exhibits are interactive. I liked the America's Cup based activities and it seemed to be something both kids and adults both enjoyed. Lots of historic boats to look at and the history of the maritime side of NZ well documented.
Virginia Farris | Feb 7, 2018
Great, but not too big, displays of voyaging to and settlement of New Zealand, first by Maori and later by Europeans. The Not Touch exhibit is fun. World Cup exhibits are extensive. Good use of a few hours, doesn't take your whole day.
Tim Spratt | Jan 12, 2018
People living in Auckland get in for free and the museum tells you an interesting story. It's a good place to spend an hour or more. I would like to have seen a small café with some seating to encourage more people into the museum and to help bring more people into the museum. Staff were very friendly.
David Matheson | Jan 31, 2018
I didn't get a chance to go through the museum, as was on time limit! But had a look in the foyer and found it very interesting, (educational)! Going by what I saw in the foyer, and what was being shown on the t.v. screen as to what is on display inside the museum, it'll be well worth a visit!
Cindy Chapman | Mar 13, 2018
So much to see and interact with. I loved listening to the stories about lighthouses in my comfy chair. I could have spent hours just in that room. My husband and I left after more than a couple of hours so wishing we'd had more energy to keep going! We would definitely return if we ever have the opportunity.
Shane Rau | Mar 28, 2018
It took me years to walk in that door. Free for NZ'ders!!! A must see! Very well executed. Educational and interactive. A great place to take kids
Michelle Lacour | Apr 4, 2018
Interesting, great low key museum where you can take young children to explore New Zealand's sailing history. Staff were disappointing, they represent NZ to overseas visitors and their greeting was non existent. Over heard a customer service representative interupting another who was instructing her on something say, "...hold on while I finish snap chatting!" While there were visitors in the souvenir / entrance and being in full view of the public. Not a good service experience but a good worthwhile place to visit.
John Moonraker | Mar 30, 2018
It is much larger and more comprehensive than you may have been led to expect. It starts from the first voyagers to reach the island and progresses through the ages. How some of those small craft survived is a testament to New Zealand's maritime roots.
Subhanshu Gupta | Apr 18, 2018
Free entry for Auckland residents. A very interesting place with lots of knowledge about the sea and ships related stuff like aspects within the ship, lighthouses, fishing, voyages, ship captains, sailing, etc. Also there is a small ship simulator which I found it fun. Also, it has a small room with beds in the ship and cabins. They have plenty of beautiful ship models. Also gud info about the Maori's way of travelling on water and fishing. Definitely, this place needs to checked out.
Raymond Haycock | Apr 15, 2018
Fantastic day out. We did the museum which was very well thought out and beautifully presented. We then headed for a sail on one of their 3 boat options: The Ted Ashby. The crew, all volunteers, were very professional and knowledgeable. Made for a fantastic sail
Aaron Connor | May 2, 2018
Fascinating museum that needs at least 3 hours to do it justice. Especially liked the rocking ships cabin which really transports you into the past. Non NZ should expect to pay a hefty fee to enter, including for kids.
Nicki Raistrick | Jun 10, 2018
Really enjoyed our visit here. Lots to see and really got a feel for the different eras of sailing. The best part was the floating cabin where you could experience what it would have been like to travel third class from Europe to NZ, minus the health hazards :)
Matt Hutchings | Jun 28, 2018
Much bigger than it appears. It has buildings that extend down the wharf. If you go through everything plan on spending a few hours. I especially liked the info on the Lighthouses, but there is information for all different seafaring aspects of history for the area. Worth while to bring your kids too. Great family experience.
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