Immerse yourself in Auckland’s unique maritime heritage at the New Zealand Maritime Museum. Located in the Viaduct Harbour, this museum offers a diverse range of exhibits and activities that vividly portray the rich maritime history and culture of New Zealand. Here’s a concise guide for your museum day:
Explore the Galleries: Embark on a free guided tour led by experienced museum guides. Begin in the Hawaiki gallery, where you’ll uncover the stories of pioneering explorers who shaped New Zealand’s early history. Marvel at impressive vessels like the Taratai, a 76-foot baurua voyaging canoe from the Kiribati Atolls. The tour culminates in the Blue Water Black Magic gallery, paying tribute to renowned NZ ocean racer and environmentalist, Sir Peter Blake. Learn about his pivotal role in winning the 1995 America’s Cup, and get an up-close view of the victorious yacht NZ32 Black Magic, delving into the fascinating history of NZ yachting.
Set Sail on a Heritage Vessel: At 11.30am, embark on an hour-long cruise on the stunning Waitematā Harbour. Relax aboard the heritage scow Ted Ashby and soak in the views of Auckland City. For a more extensive and energetic on-board experience, the traditional wooden brigantine Breeze sets sail on select Saturdays at 11am throughout summer.
Recharge at Café Koel: After your seafaring adventures, head to Café Koel, located within the museum, for a refreshment.
Always Song in the Water: Art Meets Nature: Conclude your visit by heading upstairs to the Edmiston Gallery and exploring the museum’s latest temporary art exhibition, “Always Song in the Water.” Running until February 2024, this exhibit showcases the works of over 40 artists, delving into unresolved issues and ongoing concerns related to the ocean. From woven sails and intricate weavings to paintings, photography, video, jewelry, and sculpture, this exhibition is an extraordinary fusion of art and culture.
Admission is free for Aucklanders, while non-Aucklanders can explore it for a nominal fee starting at $12. Plan your unforgettable summer excursion now at maritimemuseum.co.nz