The Auckland War Memorial Museum, in abbreviation also known as simply Auckland Museum (in Maori: Tamaki Paenga Hira), is the largest cultural and natural historical museum in Auckland, located on the northern island of New Zealand. The museum presents historical facts about the country, its role and position in the Pacific and, of course, informs about its people.
Auckland War Memorial Museum was founded in 1852 and is thus New Zealand's oldest museum. Initially, the museum was located in a farmhouse in Grafton, a suburb of Auckland. In 1869 the museum moved to a new building in the centre of Auckland.
At the museum, the history of New Zealand is told, its role in the Pacific, its indigenous people and their traditions. One of the most important collections shown are the historical collection of New Zealand, the culture of the Māori and other cultures from the Pacific. Additionally, you find historical material, artistic works and a natural historical collection. What is more, the museum, hence its name, is the central war memorial in the province of Auckland. The library of Auckland is also accommodated here and ranges among the three largest in the country.
- The day pass at Auckland War Memorial Museum is NZD25 making it one of the 3 cheapest tourist Attractions in New Zealand.
How to get there
The museum is comfortably reachable by car or by public transport from any quarter in town. It is located nearby motorways and the city centre as well as in walking distance to shopping malls and the café bars of Parnell Village and Newmarket.
The museum provides more than 200 car parks in an underground car park which is accessible from 6.30am to 6.30pm. The first half an hour is free. Parking for an hour costs $ 3.00. You can get here via Maunsell Road which is on the side of Newmarket.
The car park is under video surveillance. In front of the museum, there are some car parks marked disabled parking. Both entrances are facilitated with a wheelchair ramp.
By public transport
The LINK bus service operates within the city.
The Explorer bus: The Hop On Hop Off sightseeing buses in Auckland directly call at the museum. Buses operate each half an hour, departing from Ferry Building in the direction of Queen Street.
You find additional regional means of transport (buses, trains, ferries).