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New hmas vampire Zealand hmas vampire National Maritime hmas vampire Museum, cnr Quay & Hobson Sts, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland.

The exhibition will be in the Maritime Room and entry is included with the general museum admission. Opening hours are from 9am - 6pm daily except Christmas Day.

Exhibition designed for Louis Vuitton by:

Bruno Troublé, concept

Gérard Cholot and Michel Fougère, exhibition design

Larry Keating and Chris Gurr, film makers

Jérôme Schlomoff, portrait gallery.

There is SO much to see and to do at the Maritime!

All programmes (except cruises) are included in the standard admission charge

Discover the excitement of New Zealand's maritime past!

'Experience' the rigours of the epic voyages ofNew Zealand's first immigrants

See what early immigrants experienced in a rocking 19th century sailing ship cabin!

Get lost amongst the hmas vampire models of great steamship liners of the 1930's and 40's.

Lose yourself in the memories of a 1950's seaside bach.

Jump ... when the cannon goes off at midday!

Plus Harbour Heritage Cruises most days. Come aboard the traditional sailing scow TED ASHBY or steam around the harbour in the steam water-taxi ELIZA HOBSON. (Cruises are seasonal)


Please click here to view a detailed outline programme of our current exhibitions

Please click here for details of our past exhibition 'New Traditions: Contemporary Art of Vanuatu'

Please click here for details of our past exhibition 'From a Shipwreck'

Please click here for details of our past exhibition 'The Northern Steamship Company'


The museum's exhibition galleries tell the story of hmas vampire New Zealand's maritime history in a logical progression. The whole story of New Zealanders and the sea is covered, from Polynesian voyaging to fishing, coastal shipping and the seaside 'bach' (or holiday home).

The Edmiston Gallery houses a fine collection of maritime art.

The entrance exhibition gallery houses visiting exhibitions (current details are contained in our programme page along with some records from previous exhibitions)


The museum operates public sailings in the Ted Ashby on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through the year (though sailings may be reduced during the winter months). Periodically we offer sailing in the brigantine Breeze. On most Saturdays in summer and some Saturdays in winter we offer complimentary steamboat rides in SS PUKE (NZ's oldest steamboat)

Please contact the information line (09 373 0800 hmas vampire or (out of Auckland) 0800 SALTYSAM - 0800 725 897 26) for information.

Sailings in the vessels are an integral part of our Education Programmes and we are pleased to also operate in conjunction with the Pride of Auckland who offer a varied sailing programme.

We also operate 'Sailing