Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum is hosted in one of New Zealand's finest heritage buildings and a great place to visit while you are in Auckland.

The magnificent building stands in Auckland Domain and commands spectacular views across the city and Auckland harbour. The Domain is Auckland city's oldest and most popular park.

There is a sculpture walk in the park that includes many sculptures from leading New Zealand artists.

Shops in the museum stock a wide range of gifts and souvenirs, and when you want to relax for a while there is a cafe that is open from 10am every day.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, The Auckland Domain
Auckland War Memorial Museum Heritage Building, The Auckland Domain

Giant Moa, Auckland Museum New Zealand
Giant Moa

There are many collections of Māori and Pacific artefacts that are among the most important in the prehistory and history of New Zealand with the museum also being a memorial to New Zealanders at war through history.

The Museum's three floors tell many stories of New Zealand. These stories start with the fantastic first Polynesian voyages which brought people to Aotearoa.

The wide range of unique and remarkable flora and fauna is displayed, and access to research information about the geography and landforms of these unique islands is provided.

I had visited Auckland Museum before and was keen to take my daughter there on my second visit.

The museum is fantastic from an educational perspective, but I also feel that to be able to show her some of the New Zealand history in this way is an important part of travelling to other countries together.

I particularly wanted my daughter to see some of the Māori carvings and artefacts, the evidence of NZ animals and birds that are now extinct such as the Giant Moa, and to give her the opportunity to learn something of how the islands were formed.

I have since been for a third time. There is so much to see that once is not enough.

Opening Hours

Daily 10am-5pm. Closed Christmas Day. Māori Cultural Performances are held 3 times a day

Admission charges rely on donation with a recommendation of $5 being suggested for adults

Auckland Museum

Auckland City Map

Maori Building Auckland Museum New Zealand
Maori Building

Maori Carving Auckland Museum New Zealand
Maori Carving

Auckland Tree in the Grounds of the Museum
Auckland Tree in the Grounds of the Museum

Maori Carving Auckland Museum New Zealand
Maori Carving Auckland Museum New Zealand