Push the boat out and join us for the launch of our collection digitisation project with live on-site digitising of our outboard motors collection. Get up close and personal with the photography process of turning objects into digital collections.

Then add your accomplishments to our trophy wall with a chance to celebrate your own victories! Grab a paper trophy and write your biggest achievement down, then add to our display for all to see. 

In a short gallery talk, you can hear the history of the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta from our in-house Writer/ Researcher Frances Walsh.

Plus demonstrations of outboard motors, regular heritage sailings in the bustling harbour and the chance to take a toot around the marina in SS Puke - the Museum's 19th Century steam tug! 


The History of the Regatta

Hear the origins of Auckland’s regatta in this 20minute gallery talk. Join us in the Blue Water Black Magic Gallery for the story of how the first regatta came to be, the father of the Regatta - Captain Ross and the Cygnet Cup. You'll also hear about the working boats in the early 20th Century, the role that Māori played in the early shipping industry.




Family sailing

Get out on the bustling harbour with one of our family heritage sailings. Ted Ashby, our flat-bottomed scow will be sailing on 1-hour trips at 10.30am, 11.45am & 1.30pm - book in advance to secure your spot! Or jump on board SS Puke for a short steam around the inner harbour, no bookings required, drop-in on the day. 

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