Celebrating 25 Years

Concept drawing of Hobson Wharf Auckland Maritime Museum, artist unknown. NZ Maritime Museum (2016.4.1)

Celebrating a quarter century at the New Zealand Maritime Museum

This August 2018 the New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Since opening in August 1993 as a national home for our maritime history, the Museum celebrates the bond New Zealanders have with the sea and our unique stories of discovery, exploration, immigration and sailing.

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

The Museum was first proposed in 1980 by a group of like-minded individuals, many of whom were Auckland Harbour Board and Union Steam Ship Company members. It was to house the growing collection of maritime archives within the Auckland Maritime Society and Auckland Museum collections, while establishing a New Zealand maritime history collection and exhibition facility. It was the first Museum that dealt with New Zealand’s maritime history as a whole.

Check out our regular blog on the history of the Maritime Museum's here.

Left: Rodney Wilson looking over conceptual model for the Museum
Right: Original Museum sheds on Hobson Wharf


Now, a team of passionate and knowledgeable staff and volunteers share New Zealand’s history and inspirational stories with 160,000 visitors a year, through extensive galleries, exhibitions, programmes, function centre and on-water experiences.

The New Zealand Maritime Museum holds a collection of over 130 watercraft ranging in size and complexity from a surfboard to a 18  metre ( ketch-rigged scow TED ASHBY, also available for public sailing. As well as vessels, the Museum has an extensive collection of artefacts, books, archival material and photographs relating to the maritime story of Aotearoa New Zealand and Pacific voyaging.

Sketch of the first public day, Hobson Wharf Maritime Museum 21/08/93

  • Residents of the Auckland region can visit the Maritime Museum galleries for free if they provide proof of address on arrival
  • Children: 5-14 years old (4 years and under are free)
  • Family Pass = 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

Our staff are passionate about making the Museum accessible for all people.
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Bookings essential. Please call (09) 373 0800 or email info@maritimemuseum.co.nz to reserve your place.