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The Auckland Domain, Parnell

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  • 4.0Value
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The main objective of the Auckland War Memorial Museum is to tell the story of the Auckland region. To that end, the museum, which is housed in a memorial that honors fallen service members, hosts exhibits that focus on Pacific Island communities (namely, the Maori people), the area's natural history and New Zealand's military history.

According to previous museumgoers, the Auckland War Memorial Museum is a must-see attraction when visiting the City of Sails. Many praised the interesting exhibits, citing the ones about New Zealand's volcanoes and Maori residents as highlights. If you have a flexible budget, consider purchasing a ticket package that includes a Maori cultural performance, which comes highly recommended. Also remember to bring your camera, since this attraction offers fantastic views of downtown Auckland.

The museum sits in the Auckland Domain (a historic 185-acre park) and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding Christmas Day. Tickets cost 25 New Zealand dollars (about $18) for adults, while children between 6 and 14 qualify for a NZ$10 ($7) kids ticket. Little ones 5 and younger get in for free. Family passes valid for two adults and up to four children are also available for NZ$60 (around $43). Ticket packages with museum tours and Maori performances are available as well. All ticketholders have access to restrooms and a gift shop.

To reach the Auckland War Memorial Museum, visitors can walk from the CBD, take a CityLink bus, travel by train to Grafton Station or drive. Limited free street parking is available within the Auckland Domain, and fee-based parking can be found at the property's garage. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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