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new zealand museum:: Maritime history – e.g. historic new zealand vessels and steam ships & maritime collections of art treasures. NZNMM merchandise and publications.

not known for certain. She was new zealand museum named PUKE after new zealand museum 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 displayoutside 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 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

new zealand museum Maritime trades

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 Museum’s 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 if you have paid to visit the galleries of the Museum, by donation. No charge to Friends of the NZNMM. Visits at other times are by appointment only. Ph 09 373-0800 x810

Research: We can carry out research for you, for a charge of $20 per half hour. You can be invoiced or can pay by credit card via this site (not secure) Click here if you would like to commission research.

Donations: The library is always keen to accept donations of books and magazines that it does not already hold. In particular we are interested in issues of Sea Spray magazine from November 1997 to December 2000. We are also after any issues of New Zealand Yachtsman and New Zealand Aquatic