Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Auckland Sights

Auckland War Memorial Museum

  • Park Rd. Map It
  • Parnell

Updated 02/18/2014

Fodor's Review

The Māori artifact collection here is one of the largest in the world. Must-sees include a fine example of a pātaka (storehouse), a fixture in Māori villages, and Te Toki a Tapiri, the last great Māori waka (canoe). Made of a single log and measuring 85 feet long, it could carry 100 warriors, and its figurehead shows tremendous carving. To delve further into Māori culture, attend one of the performances, held at least three times daily, that demonstrate

Māori song, dance, weaponry, and the haka (a ceremonial dance the All Blacks rugby team has adopted as an intimidating pre-game warm-up). The museum also holds an exceptional collection of Pacific artifacts and sometimes hosts high-quality visiting exhibitions. A monthly panel discussion followed by live music is known as Late at the Museum. The building, based on Greek Revival architecture, dominates the hill it sits on and offers a magnificent view of the harbor. On Anzac Day (April 25), thousands gather in front of the museum in a dawn service to recognize the gallantry of the country's servicemen and women.

Read More

Sight Information


Auckland Domain, Park Rd., Auckland, 1052, New Zealand

Map It



Sight Details:

  • NZ$25, NZ$45 with Māori performance
  • Daily 10–5

Updated 02/18/2014


Map View

Map of

What's Nearby

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Sights

See all sights in Auckland

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?




Don't Miss