New Zealand Maritime Museum#15 in Best Things To Do in Auckland
To learn about the City of Sails' ties to the sea, check out the New Zealand Maritime Museum. Located in the Viaduct Harbour precinct, this museum is packed with artifacts documenting New Zealand's rich maritime history. You'll find rooms that depict everything from a 19th-century steerage cabin to a 1950s beach shop, as well as items like a Maori dugout canoe, paintings of steam ferries and NZL 32, the yacht that won the America's Cup in 1995.
Recent visitors said this attraction's exhibits are interesting and well worth a visit, especially on a rainy day. Many were especially impressed with the museum's Blue Water Black Magic gallery with Sir Peter Blake's championship yacht. If you visit on a sunny day, travelers recommend purchasing an upgraded ticket, which covers museum admissions, plus a one-hour cruise on the property's restored ship, the Ted Ashby.
The New Zealand Maritime Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, excluding Christmas Day. Standard entrance fees cost 20 New Zealand dollars (around $14.50) for adults, NZ$17 (about $12) for seniors and NZ$10 (approximately $7) for kids 5 to 14, while tickets that include a ride on the Ted Ashby will set you back NZ$50 (about $36) per adult, NZ$25 per child (about $18) or NZ$95 (around $69) for a family pass. Children 4 and younger get in for free. All tickets include access to the museum's exhibits, restrooms and gift shop and guided tours, which start at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays. Parking is not available on-site, but the Downtown Car Park and the CBD's main transportation hubs – the Britomart Transport Centre and the Downtown Ferry Terminal – sit within walking distance. For additional information, visit the property's website.
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#1 Rangitoto Island
Situated just off the coast of central Auckland across from Devonport is Rangitoto Island, a volcanic island known for its superb hiking trails and panoramic views. Multiple trails are available for island exploration, including the popular Summit Track, which takes hikers through lava fields and the world's largest pohutukawa forest to the island's summit.
Prepare for stunning vistas and a steep, yet doable hike when visiting Rangitoto Island. If you're not keen on hiking, travelers recommend opting for Fullers' Volcanic Explorer Tour, which includes round-trip ferry transfers to and from downtown Auckland and a four-wheel drive road train tour of the island.
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