Last updated 3.30pm, Wednesday 2 December 2021

Opening hours are Monday to Sunday 10am - 4pm, last entry at 3pm.
Our Koel cafe is open from Saturday 9am to 2pm.

Covid-19 Protection Framework - RED:  From Friday 3 December, when Auckland moves to Traffic Light RED, anyone coming to the Maritime Museum must be fully vaccinated, including all visitors, staff and volunteers. All visitors are required to show their valid My Vaccine Pass as proof of vaccination, sign in, and wear a face covering. 

See the FAQs below for more details on visiting the museum.

Please be respectful to our staff and other people inside the museum and follow our conditions of entry. The Covid-19 terms may be amended based on any Government direction.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Covid-19 FAQs

At New Zealand Maritime Museum, the health and safety of our visitors and staff is our priority, and at COVID-19 Protection Framework - RED we have some mandatory conditions of entry.

  • Show your valid My Vaccine Passport on arrival.
  • All visitors are required to sign in on arrival using the NZ COVID-19 Tracer App or sign in manually.
  • All visitors are required to wear a face covering while at the Maritime Museum.
  • Sanitise your hands at the on-site sanitiser stations in our entrance on arrival.
  • Please maintain a minimum 1-metre distance from other visitors, museum staff and everyone except for the people inside your bubble.
  • If you are feeling unwell, have visited a place of interest, are waiting on test results, are a close contact of a person confirmed to have COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 please stay at home and call Healthline on 0800 611 116.
  • Be respectful and kind to our staff and other people inside the museum

The COVID-19 terms may be amended based on any Government direction.

Monday to Sunday 10am to 4pm, last entry at 3pm.
Our cafe Koel is open from 9am to 2pm.

  • Explore Aotearoa's maritime history across two levels of spacious galleries 
  • New exhibition I am Island and Sea is now open until 1 May 2022. Ideal for the whole whānau!
  • Weekend sailings aboard heritage vessel Ted Ashby from 11 December
  • Watch our midday cannon fire at 12 noon from the main concourse
  • Browse our museum shop for New Zealand made homewares, maritime-themed gifts, books and children's toys
  • Enjoy a coffee or tasty treat from our Koel cafe, open 9am to 2pm
  • All tours
  • Education programmes and school visits
  • Storytime at the Maritime and Make Days at the Maritime
  • The Modelmakers’ Workshop
  • The Bill Laxon Library

The health and safety of all our visitors, staff and volunteers is our priority, and at the red setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework we have some mandatory conditions of entry, including everyone of vaccination age being required to show a My Vaccine Pass as proof of vaccination. We will be verifying visitors’ My Vaccine Passes upon arrival.

Children under 12 years old do not need to be vaccinated at this time but must be accompanied by fully vaccinated adults.

If you are unable to provide valid information about your vaccination status you will not be able to enter the museum.

Yes. As of 3 December, Auckland Unlimited implements its Vaccination Policy which means that all staff, volunteers, contractors, partners, clients, suppliers and visitors who enter our spaces must be fully vaccinated. Staff who have yet to complete the vaccinations will be unable to work onsite until they are fully vaccinated.

Visitors aged 12-years and are required to wear face masks at the Maritime Museum, this includes on our heritage sailings.

Those who can’t wear a mandatory facemask for legitimate reasons will be permitted entry.

From 11 December, weekend sailings will resume aboard Ted Ashby.

Sailings are 11.30am and 1.30pm every Saturday and Sunday.

Our regular weekday sailings will recommence in January so please check back here for more details.

To allow for physical distancing, the number of passengers on each sailing has been reduced. To secure your spot, we encourage you to book in advance here.

All passengers and crew are required to wear face masks aboard heritage sailings and while at the museum.

Life jackets and rain jackets are cleaned after each use. 

We have many measures and all the Government and Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 protocols in place to keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe and minimise risk to each other. This includes:

  • All visitors, staff, volunteers, artists, and contractors are vaccinated for COVID-19
  • Stepping up hygiene measures across the museum, including regular cleaning of high touch surfaces throughout the day
  • Hand-sanitiser stations are available throughout the museum and office spaces
  • To facilitate physical distancing follow the signs and use the marked queuing systems and directional arrows
  • Our Front of House, Security, Café, Volunteers, Cleaners and other public facing teams are all wearing face masks, which are also mandatory for visitors

To remain contactless, only cashless payments will be accepted so please bring your payWave card.

The cloakroom is temporarily closed so please travel light. Small handbags will be allowed into the galleries and you’ll need to take extra care to look after our collection items.

Please contact our bookings team with details of your booking and we’ll let you know if this is possible. Please email

For all parcels and package deliveries for the Maritime Museum, please use the side entrance (175 Quay Street) next to The Lula Inn. Upon arrival, please contact the museum’s security team using the contact details provided on the door or use the intercom. No parcels or deliveries will be accepted at the main public entrance.