Auckland Sights

Auckland War Memorial Museum

  • Park Rd. Map It
  • Parnell
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

The Māori artifact collection here is one of the largest in the world, housed in a Greek Revival building in one of the city's finest parks, with views to match. 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 learn more about 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 pregame warm-up). The museum also holds an exceptional collection of Pacific artifacts and hosts high-quality visiting or issue-specific exhibitions. If you want a bit of talk and music in the evening check out the once-a-month panel discussion followed by live music known as Late at the Museum. 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.

Sight Information

Address:

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

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Phone:

09-309–0443

Sight Details:

  • NZ$25, NZ$45 with Māori performance

Published 08/30/2016

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