Meet the early immigrants who braved the ocean to arrive, survive and thrive in a remote and inhospitable land.

The Immigrants

Re-live the stories of immigrants from the 1850s through to the 1960s, who left their homes, families, and possessions for a life on the other side of the world. Experience what such a journey would have been like in the 1840s by walking through our Rocking Cabin – a reproduction of a steerage cabin.

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Whaling

As some of the earliest European settlers, whalers and sealers survived harsh conditions to work the bountiful hunting grounds around New Zealand’s coasts.  

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Ferries

In earlier times, before the construction of many roads and railway lines – ferries transported passengers and goods and livestock around the coastline and across harbours. Step into the wheelhouse of TAKAPUNA, a former Devonport Steam Ferry that once operated on the Waitematā Harbour.  

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