Percy Vos Heritage Boat Shed, located on the western edge of Wynyard Quarter, was officially opened by its eponymous founder in 1922. Today, this remarkable, yet unassuming landmark is managed by the New Zealand Maritime Museum and continues to serve as a work space for wooden boat building.

Percy Vos. The man, the shed and living legacy


Percy Vos Heritage Boat Shed is not open to the public at this time. However, we do host public events periodically throughout the year - to find out what's coming up, please consider subscribing to the museum's email newsletter by clicking here

Percy Vos Heritage Boat Shed is a working boat shed and is not available as a public venue for events at this time.

We hope to offer traditional wooden boat building workshops in a classroom environment very soon. Please watch this space for further updates.

At the moment, PVHBS is not available for public use. However, we hope to offer limited spaces for vessel maintenance and restoration projects in the near future. Please watch this space for further updates.

If you have a question about the shed, please email

Percy Vos: A History of Auckland's Oldest Surviving Wooden Boat Shed and Slipway

The name is legendary in maritime history today but in 1922 Percy Vos was a humble apprentice, returned from World War 1 and posed to launch a career as the new owner of a wooden boatbuilding business in Poore Street, Freemans Bay.

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Percy Vos: The Man Himself

Born in 1897, Percy Vos discovered his passion for the ocean by swimming in the sea and playing in Auckland boatyards. He set off on a boatbuilding apprenticeship but like many young other young men at the time, this was interrupted by World War I.

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