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

Key statistics  

  • More than 160,000 visitors a year engage in our galleries, programmes, shop and function centre
  • Our passionate volunteers contribute more than 40,000 hours every year
  • More than 19,800 children and students participate in our education and learning programmes annually
  • Over 16,500 people experience a heritage sailing on the Waitematā Harbour every year
  • Three vessels available for sailing charters, from 5 to 42 passengers

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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