Last updated 8.30am, Friday 14 April 2022

The Maritime Museum remains open with plenty to see and do.

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

Wear a mask
As a public facility, it is mandatory for visitors 12 years 3 months+ to wear a mask indoors while at the museum, except for those with medical exemptions, or eating or drinking.

Face masks are not required on our heritage vessels; however, you are welcome to wear a mask if you feel more comfortable.

Vaccine passes no longer required
From Tuesday 5 April, in line with government recommendations, you will no longer need a vaccine pass to visit the Maritime Museum.

What’s On
At Orange, we’re pleased to resume many of our regular activities.

  • Free guided tours are available again from Friday 6 May. Join our knowledgeable volunteers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10.30am for a 45 minute highlights tour through our galleries.
  • The Bill Laxton Library opens on Thursday 5 May. For more information click here.
  • The Model Makers Workshop is also available from Monday 2 May
  • Regular sailings aboard heritage vessel Ted Ashby continue Tuesday to Sunday, weather permitting.

Visit our What’s On page for the latest event information.

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

Please be respectful to our staff and other people inside the museum.

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 we have some mandatory conditions of entry.

  • As a public facility, it is mandatory for visitors 12 years 3 months+ to wear a mask indoors while at the museum, except for those with medical exemptions, or eating or drinking.
  • Face masks are not required on our heritage vessels; however, you are welcome to wear a mask if you feel more comfortable.
  • Visitors are encouraged to use hand sanitiser stations at our entrance and throughout the galleries.
  • We encourage visitors to be respectful of others and maintain a minimum 1-metre distance wherever possible.
  • If you are feeling unwell, are a household contact of a person confirmed to have COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19, please stay at home for the required isolation period.
  • Visitors are no longer required to show a valid My Vaccine Passport or use the NZ COVID-19 Tracer App upon arrival.
  • 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 
  • The I am Island and Sea  exhibition is on now until 15 May 2022. Ideal for the whole whānau!
  • Regular sailings aboard heritage vessel Ted Ashby have resumed for summer. Please check the sailing page for more information.
  • 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
  • Visit our What's On page for the latest events information.

Yes. As of 3 December, Auckland Unlimited implemented its Vaccination Policy which means that all staff, volunteers, contractors, partners, clients, suppliers and visitors who enter our spaces must be fully vaccinated. 

As a public facility, it is mandatory for visitors 12 years 3 months+ to wear a mask indoors while at the museum, except for those with medical exemptions, or eating or drinking.

Face masks are not required on our heritage vessels; however, mask wearing is  encouraged, especially if you feel more comfortable.

Regular heritage sailings aboard Ted Ashby run Tuesday - Sunday.

For more information on the holiday schedule click here.

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.

Face masks are not required on our heritage vessels; however, mask wearing is encouraged, especially if you feel more comfortable.

Trips aboard Nautilus and Puke remain suspended.

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

The locker room is open however you may be asked to queue briefly to allow for social distancing. Small handbags are 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 bookings@maritimemuseum.co.nz.

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.