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Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum

Highlights / General details

The story of New Zealand’s creation as a nation is inextricably links with its marine environment. Geographically isolated at the bottom of the world, New Zealand was the last major landmass to be settled.

From first settlements by Polynesians around 1300 A.D. Through to the advent of affordable commercial air travel in the mid-19th Century, the only means of reaching New Zealand was by great voyagers and explorations across great seas and oceans. An explorative spirit became engrained in the New Zealand identity; one that continues today with each new generation of modern-day adventurers.

The Museum’s galleries recreate many of the defining stories of New Zealand’s maritime heritage; from the first discovery by Kupe, to one of the most courageous migrations by the Polynesian peoples, to Abel Tasman and James Cook, and of course Sir Peter Blake.


Audio commentary in 4 languages (English, German, French and Japanese).


Meals; Gratuity.

Hours of operation

Voyager is open every day except Christmas Day, from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Final public admissions are at 4:00pm each day.

Normal sailing times: Tuesday - Friday at 11:30am and 1:30pm; Saturday - Sunday at 12:00pm and 2:00pm.


We recommend allowing one and a half hours to explore the museum galleries. The Ted Ashby sailing trips are one hour in duration.


Located at Corner Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour.

Additional Information

The Ted Ashby can take a maximum of 42 passengers, is wheelchair friendly and has toilets on board.

Participant restrictions

Children 4 years and under are Free.


Audio tours subject to availability - total stock = 40 players.

Final public admissions are at 4:00pm each day.

All sailings are subject to weather.

**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**

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