A traditional wooden sailing ship similar to vessels used for New Zealand coastal and inter-Dominion trades in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Sailing select Saturdays until May 2024

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Climb aboard the Museum's ketch-rigged scow for a one-hour sail on the Waitematā Harbour.

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Take a leisurely cruise on a 110-year-old motor launch.

Mon, 11:15am & 1:15pm

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NZMM Behind the Scenes: Vessel Maintenance


Head out for a 20-minute steam around the Viaduct Harbour on our cute 19th-century steam tug.

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A modern take on a traditional waka, special sailings with Te Toki Voyaging Trust.
No sailings scheduled. 

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All the kids got to interact with hoisting sails and winding ropes in and the Captain was great with the littlies - he even let them have a go at steering the ship.

Trip Advisor, @KiwiRowell

Are you ship-shape and ready to sail?

  • On all sailings, children under 14 years old are required to wear life jackets, which are supplied by the Museum.
  • On SS PUKE, all passengers must wear life jackets, which are supplied by the Museum.
  • Children must be able to fit our smallest life jackets. Limited infant life jackets are available. 
  • Please advise of your access needs upon making your booking.
  • Wheelchairs are permitted on TED ASHBY, depending on the dimensions of the wheelchair.
  • People using a wheelchair must be able to wear a lifejacket and be accompanied by a caregiver. 
  • Only a maximum of two wheelchairs can be accommodated per sailing on TED ASHBY.
  • Unfortunately BREEZE, SS PUKE and NAUTILUS are not wheelchair accessible.

Yes, we are a family friendly Museum and our sailings are a great way for children to experience the water. 

  • All children 14 years and under shall wear a lifejacket which shall be provided by the New Zealand Maritime Museum.   
  • Any child not wearing a lifejacket shall not be permitted on board the vessel.
  • Children must have suitable adult supervision on board the vessel. The following supervising adult to children ratio below must be followed (excluding schools):
    - 1 adult to every child aged 5 or under
    - 1 adult to every 5 children, school year 1-8
    - 1 adult to every 10 children, school year 9-13
  • Prams are permitted onboard TED ASHBY. 

Yes, Double and Family sailing passes are available to purchase at our Museum shop or over the phone on (09) 373 0800.

Our sailings are likely to go ahead in wet weather conditions. The Museum can offer water-proof rain jackets as needed. 

Strong winds may cause cancellations.

If it proves necessary for the New Zealand Maritime Museum to make any changes or cancellations to dates and/or times of vessel sailings for weather, safety, maintenance and/or operational requirement, staff will endeavour to provide as much notice as is reasonably possible using the contact details provided in your booking, and where possible, your booking will be transferred to a similar sailing. If another suitable date is not available, a full refund will be provided.

Sailing passes for TED ASHBY and NAUTILUS also include admission into the Museum.
Life jackets and rain jackets are provided when necessary at no extra cost.

  • TED ASHBY and NAUTILUS trips are approx. 1 hour long.
  • SS PUKE trips are approx. 20 mins.
  • The sailing duration may vary and is dependant on weather conditions.

Visitors should check in at the museum's front desk 30 minutes before the scheduled sailing time. We aim to board passengers 15 minutes before departure.

Unfortunately, late arrivals may result in non-boarding of the vessel and payment may not be refunded.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted on board. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and water, or you can purchase something from our cafe before boarding.

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