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RAPAKI is moored at the northern end of Hobson Wharf as a static display vessel and also acts as a breakwater for the museum's marina.
Built in Scotland by Fleming and Ferguson Ltd (Paisley) in 1925/26 (Lloyds registers states 'built 1926'), she spent most of her working life in Lyttelton until retired in 1988. She saw war service in Wellington, Auckland, and the Pacific Islands. She is a coal-fired twin screw vessel once capable of 7 knots. The crane was built by Sir William Arroll & Co., Parkhead.
RAPAKI voyaged to NZ under her own power in 1926, taking 109 days for the voyage and almostrunning out of coal on NZ's East Coast
RAPAKI is being prepared for public inspection as she is an excellent example of Scottish shipbuilding.
RAPAKI's sister vessel, HIKITIA is maintained in an operational status in Wellington NZ
PUKE (pronounced 'pook-ee'), was built by C E Thompson about 1872. auckland museum Her earlier names (if any) are not known for certain. She was named PUKE after Puke Landing at Paeroa (now the site of the Maritime Park) where she was restored by Alan Brimblecombe in 1977.
PUKE is the maori name for a small hill or mount.
She is of twin-skin wooden (KAURI) construction. PUKE is steam powered. Her engine dates from the early part of the 20th century and originally powered a mechanical saw in a sawmill.
PUKE is maintained to NZ SSM standards. She takes occasional part in the museum's programmes, operating most Saturdays during the summer taking museum patrons for free rides.
KZ1, the 'Big Boat' is on display outside the NZNMM.
Our Collections Area
The New Zealand National Maritime Museum collects and exhibits a diverse range of nautical and historical artefacts that represent New Zealand maritime history from the earliest Polynesian arrivals to modern day seafaring.
We collect maritime equipment, models, books, photographs, paintings, drawings, original archival material and periodicals relating to New auckland museum Zealand maritime history, excluding material relating to Royal New Zealand Navy history and activities.
Our acquisitions programme is centred on specific areas:
Polynesian and Maori vessels and navigation
European voyages of discovery
Settlement and immigration
Early coastal trading
Whaling and sealing
Modern commercial shipping
Lifeboat services, pilotage and coastguard activities
Navigation and marine surveying
Maritime art and crafts
Recreation and sporting maritime activities
Harbour and port history
Members of the public can help us preserve our maritime heritage by donating or lending artefacts to the museum. We are happy to explain the procedures for making donations or loans.
The New Zealand National Maritime Museums Library and Archives
Find out about our library and archives and commission research through this page
Opening hours: Thursday 10am 4 pm Charge: $5.00 to visit the library or