New Zealand Maritime Museum

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New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa
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New Zealand Maritime Museum
General information
TypeMuseum, maritime history
LocationAuckland, New Zealand
AddressCorner Quay Street and Hobson Street

The New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa is a maritime museum in Auckland, New Zealand. It is located on Hobson Wharf, adjacent to the Viaduct Harbour in central Auckland. It houses exhibitions spanning New Zealand's maritime history, from the first Polynesian explorers and settlers to modern day triumphs at the America's Cup. Its Maori name is 'Te Huiteanaui-A-Tangaroa' - holder of the treasures of Tangaroa (the Sea God).

The museum's founding director was T. L. Rodney Wilson, who from 1989 led fundraising efforts to establish the museum, which opened in 1993, the year the America's Cup regatta was held in Auckland.[1][2]


The museum cares for a number of collections and permanent exhibitions (as of 2006):[3]

  • Main exhibitions, concentrating on:
    • Polynesian, Maori vessels and navigation
    • European voyages of discovery
    • Settlement and immigration
    • Early coastal trading
    • Whaling and sealing
    • Modern commercial shipping
    • Lifeboat, pilotage and coastguard services
    • Navigation and marine surveying
    • Maritime art and crafts
    • Recreation and sporting maritime activities
    • Maritime trades
    • Harbour and port history
  • Collections, documentation:
    • New Zealand Maritime Index - documents about maritime topics
    • New Zealand Maritime Record - photos and articles about NZ ships
    • Northern Steamship Company - website about the historical company
    • Bill Laxon Maritime Library - photos, charts and other documents
    • Lighthouses in New Zealand - documentation about lighthouse topics
    • New Zealand Maritime Firsts - achievements of NZ in maritime areas
    • Genealogy Documentation - immigration shipping lists, documents
  • Art collections:
    • Edmiston Collection
    • Fraser Collection

Seaworthy ships[edit]

In addition to a number of reconstructed or preserved ships in the building itself, the museum also owns a number of vessels that are normally berthed outside of the museum:[3]

Some personnel from the Royal New Zealand Navy are also at times seconded to the museum to assist with maintenance of the ships and exhibition objects.[5]


A NZ$8 million extension to the northern end of the museum was built in the late 2000s to house a permanent exhibition, Blue Water, Black Magic, about Sir Peter Blake. It includes the original NZL 32 (Black Magic)..[6][7]


  1. ^ "Museum pays tribute to former director". Auckland Museum. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  2. ^ "A Tribute to: T.L.Rodney Wilson CNZM". New Zealand Maritime Museum. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Collections Archived 2006-12-06 at the Wayback Machine (from the Museum website, dynamic website links)
  4. ^ "Steam crane makes way for Hobson wharf improvements". scoop. scoop. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  5. ^ Helping out at the New Zealand National Maritime Museum(from the Royal New Zealand Navy website. Retrieved 2007-12-06.) Archived 2007-12-13 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Trevett, Claire (2 December 2006). "Peter Blake remembered: Raising a glass to fallen sailing hero". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  7. ^ "A Tribute to Sir Peter Blake",

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Coordinates: 36°50′30″S 174°45′48″E / 36.841705°S 174.763411°E / -36.841705; 174.763411