Nautilus Heritage Sailing

Get out on the Waitematā harbour with our newest heritage vessel Nautilus. With a maximum capacity of 8 it is an intimate and fascinating experience to cruise on this vintage launch. Nautilus has had a colourful life, travelling the world, since first being launched as family vessel used for picnics and racing in 1913. Since then she has run public excursions, ferry trips and charters and was involved in a rescue of a survivor from a yachting accident. Nautilus was one of two motorboats carried by the hospital ship Marama during WWI which commenced duties in the Mediterranean in 1915. 

Further research is being carried out on her use as a private vessel between the late 1920s and when she was acquired by Allan Williams in 1994. While in his ownership, Williams refit Nautilus with a new engine and enjoyed 17 years of family boating before donating her to the New Zealand Maritime Museum in 2011.

Five years of labour have gone into the restoration by a team of passionate staff and volunteers, during which every plank and component has been carefully checked.

Nautilus sailing times and days

Mondays - 11.15am & 1.15pm

Tuesdays - 11.15am & 1.15pm

We supply life jackets for children from 10kg up to the age of 14 years. Children must be able to fit the smallest size life jacket to board (approximately 8-10 kg).

Waitemata Harbour, Auckland

All Nautilus heritage sailing tickets include Museum entry.

Our staff are passionate about making the Museum accessible for all people.
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  Auckland Region Residents Visitors to Auckland
Per Adult $25.00 $50.00
Per Senior/Student $20.00 $40.00
Per Child $12.00 $25.00

Bookings: Please call (09) 373 0800 or email to reserve your place.

Please note: If a sailing is cancelled by the museum, no cancellation fee is charged and we will endeavour to give as much notice as possible. Where possible your booking will be transferred to a similar sailing or your money refunded in full. This applies to both advance and on-the-day bookings.