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NEW ZEALAND MARITIME MUSEUM
The Maritime Museum is a place of stories, ambition, courage, exploration, and amazing journeys. Discover how the nation’s relationship with the sea has shaped the New Zealand identity; from stories of the Polynesian people’s epic migration to Aotearoa, to early European exploration then settlement and modern-day yachting successes.
DEVONPORT, NEW ZEALAND
Take a ferry from downtown Auckland direct to Devonport or drive over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. The historic seaside village of Devonport has a charming and relaxed atmosphere. Stroll around the village at your leisure and visit some of its attractions including the many art galleries, historic points of interest and lookouts. Galleries are scattered throughout the village with a range of art by specialists in glass, ceramics, painting, sculpture and jewelry. Take a break at one of the many cafes or indulge at the renowned Devonport Chocolates.
VICTORIA PARK MARKET
Auckland's historic market has many shops to browse around, and a New Zealand Walk of Fame. Walk across to the nearby Victoria Park, where you may catch some locals engaged in a game of cricket.
AUCKLAND BRIDGE CLIMB
Admire the expansive city and harbor views as you climb over (and under) Auckland Harbour Bridge.
AUCKLAND WAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM
Beautifully situated in the Domain and occupying one of Auckland’s finest heritage buildings, the Auckland War Memorial Museum is a key destination for those wishing to experience New Zealand’s cultural and spiritual history. Exciting stories of the Pacific, the people, and the flora, fauna and landforms of New Zealand’s unique islands are told within a memorial dedicated to those who have sacrificed their lives for New Zealand.
The Museum is home to a valuable collection of Maori taonga (treasures) and the daily cultural performances provide a warm, vibrant and entertaining glimpse into Maori culture through song and dance. The cultural experience includes the opportunity to meet, talk, and take photos with the performers.
Visit the trendy suburb of Ponsonby and enjoy delicious cuisine, superb lattes or cocktails if more to your taste! For the younger travelers, this is a popular place for nightlife.
This is the perfect spot to take a leisurely stroll and watch the activity in and around the harbor. After you admire the super yachts and launches in the water there are many bars to choose from where you enjoy the views while sipping on fine, local wine.