As one of the most geographically isolated island nations, New Zealanders have an incredible connection with the ocean.

Na te mea he iwi mohoao, he āhuatanga whakaharahara te hononga o ngā tāngata o Aotearoa ki a Tangaroa.

The Museum features the innovators and dreamers who forged New Zealand’s spirit of exploration, from the first discovery by Kupe, to one of the most courageous migrations by the Polynesian peoples, to Abel Tasman and then Cook. 

We provide a fascinating glimpse into our wonderful relationship with the sea as explorers and every day New Zealanders. With a team of passionate and knowledgeable staff and volunteers, we share New Zealand’s history and inspirational stories throughout our extensive galleries, exhibitions, programmes and on-water experiences. Situated in Auckland’s vibrant Viaduct Harbour, our Museum is also a unique and versatile event venue. Our fleet of incredible heritage vessels are available for regular sailings and charters on the Waitematā Harbour.

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The work we do is engaging and inspiring. Our passion is to share the taonga (treasures) and mātauranga o te moana, (knowledge of the sea). It is empowering for many of our visitors, promoting shared learnings across generations.

Leichelle Tanoa, Educator, NZ Maritime Museum