Auckland Museum and Institute (War Memorial Museum) Tours

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Auckland Museum, one of New Zealand’s finest, displays thousands of items—including Maori and Pacific Island collections—reflecting the country’s history, culture, and nature. A dedicated children’s area allows kids to touch animals, fossils, and bugs. Visiting Auckland Museum is a must when spending time in New Zealand’s largest city.
 
The Basics
To learn all about New Zealand’s history, geology, and the cultures that make up this multicultural nation, a visit to the Auckland Museum is a good bet. Officially called Auckland War Memorial Museum, it houses numerous exhibits dedicated to educating the public about New Zealand’s involvement in wars, both at home and abroad. But, the collection is much more extensive than just war memorabilia, so travelers with a wide range of interests, including kids, will still enjoy their tour.
 
Many travelers visit the Auckland Museum on a wider city excursion that stops at other Auckland attractions. A hop-on hop-off bus tour is a convenient way of visiting the museum, as it allows you to spend as much (or as little) time there as you want and still easily visit other city attractions.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • In addition to general admission tickets, it’s possible to buy a ticket that includes a Maori cultural performance.
  • While international visitors must pay admission to the museum, Auckland residents get free entry and other New Zealand residents can enter by donation.
  • The museum is in Auckland Domain, a large attractive park. If the weather’s good, take a walk in the Domain while visiting the museum.
  • The museum houses both permanent and temporary exhibits, so there’s always something new to see.
  • There are a couple of cafes inside the museum.
 
How to Get There
It’s possible to walk from central Auckland (Queen Street) to Auckland Museum in around 30 minutes. Or, catch green Link buses at various stops in the inner city to the Parnell bus stop, which is a short walk to the museum. There’s plenty of on-site parking for visitors with their own vehicles.
 
When to Get There
Auckland Museum is open daily year-round, except Christmas Day, from 10am to 5pm. Plan to spend at least a couple of hours there. It’s a popular place for school groups on weekdays, and families visit during weekends.
 
Parnell Neighborhood
Auckland Museum is right next to the Parnell neighborhood, an upmarket area with many boutiques, international restaurants, and small independent art galleries. Exploring Parnell before or after a visit to the Auckland Museum is a good way to spend the day.
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Address: The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland Museum General Entry Ticket

Make the most of your time in Auckland and discover one of the top attractions in the ‘City of Sails’ with this Auckland Museum general entry ticket. Visit Auckland Museum, housed inside one of the city’s beautiful heritage buildings. Wander through the three floors at your leisure, and explore New Zealand’s diverse culture and rich heritage. Learn of the Polynesian voyagers who first populated these isolated islands many centuries ago and gain insight into the indigenous Maoris’ struggles against oppressive colonial rule.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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Auckland Museum Entry Ticket including Maori Cultural Performance

Visit one of the North Island's top attractions and gain insight into indigenous traditions in New Zealand with this Auckland Museum admission ticket including a Maori cultural performance. Explore the Auckland Museum at your leisure and learn of the struggles between Maori tribes and European colonial settlers. Watch an educational yet entertaining 30-minute performance by Ngāti Whātua Maori tribespeople, culminating in a spine-tingling rendition of the 'haka,' a tribal war dance. When the show ends, talk to the performers and learn of the traditions and beliefs they hold dear.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Half-day Discover Auckland City Sightseeing Tour

Take in the highlights of New Zealand’s largest city on this half-day tour of Auckland and benefit from an expert guide and small group size. Admire views of Auckland Harbour and drive over the Harbour Bridge; gaze out over the city from the top of Mt Eden; visit K Road, the Auckland Domain, and the Mission Bay beaches; and explore atmospheric neighborhoods such as Parnell, Ponsonby, and Northcote Point.
  • Duration: 3.5 to 4 hrs
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US$48,42
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  • Duration: 3.5 to 4 hrs
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Auckland Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

From Auckland Zoo and the Sky Tower to shopping hot spots and coastal views, Auckland is a sightseer’s dream destination—but reaching the far-flung landmarks on foot takes time and effort. With this hop-on hop-off bus tour, spin through the City of Sails in comfort and hit the sites with ease. Choose a 24- or 48-hour pass, and enjoy the freedom to explore Auckland at your own pace.
  • Duration: 24 to 48 hrs
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  • Duration: 24 to 48 hrs
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Helicopter Sightseeing Tours Auckland and Waiheke

See Auckland from the sky on this helicopter sightseeing tour. Choose the tour that fits your schedule and your interests – grab stunning aerial photographs of the city to show your friends back home, or take the longer tour and get unique views of hard-to-access islands in the Hauraki Gulf. This tour is a great way to get acquainted with Auckland: your pilot doubles as your guide, pointing out highlights that you can visit once you’re back on the ground.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour

See Auckland’s major sights and attractions with a hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Perfect for first-time visitors to Auckland, it’s a great way to explore the city. Complete with English audio commentary and written translations in 9 languages. The bus tour takes one hour to complete each loop with 2 circle routes to explore. Enjoy the flexibility of a 1-day or 2-day pass, and hop off at key points, such as Parnell Village, Auckland Museum, Auckland Zoo, Mt Eden or the Sky Tower, at your leisure.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Auckland City Highlights Tour with Harbour Cruise and Sky Tower Admission

Learn all about Auckland during a comprehensive 5-hour tour by bus and boat. Start your day with a 2.5-hour bus tour of the City of Sails, then continue with a 1.5-hour boat cruise on Waitemata Harbour and a visit to the Sky Tower. Take in highlights such as historical buildings in downtown Auckland, the waterfront beaches along Tamaki Drive, and views of the Hauraki Gulf.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Auckland Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour, Harbor Cruise and Sky Tower

While your ship is in port in Auckland, combine sightseeing, a boat cruise and sky-high views from the Sky Tower so you can see the city from all angles. A professional guide points out popular attractions such as Quay Street, the Auckland Museum, and Dominion Parks and Gardens. You’ll visit the Tamaki waterfront and glide under the Harbour Bridge during your 90-minute cruise on Waitemata Harbour. This shore excursion shows you the many sides to Auckland, New Zealand’s premier city.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Auckland Fullday City Tour

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. As it is the biggest city, there are lots of things to do. This tour is visiting the most popular places of Auckland and visiting the landmarks of New Zealand for fullday. you will visit the One Tree Hill (Cornwall Park - Volcanic Park) , mission bay via Michael Joseph Memorial park, Auckland Domain (War Memorial Museum), Parnell Rose Garden (Seasonal), Viaduct Harbor, Sky Tower and the Harbor Bridge.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Auckland City and West Coast Full-Day Tour

Discover the best of urban and rural New Zealand on this full-day Auckland city and West Coast tour. Travel by luxury vehicle through attractive districts such as Devonport, Titirangi, and Tamaki Drive, and admire colonial homes in Parnell. Check out views over the Waitakere Ranges and explore black sand beaches and dense rainforests, where pohutukawa trees thrive. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Auckland Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing, Harbour Cruise and Waiheke Island Wine Tasting

Explore Auckland and the yacht-filled harbours of the ‘City of Sails’ on this full-day shore excursion, including wine tasting on Waiheke Island. In the morning, an informative guide takes you sightseeing in the city center — including Queen Street and the Tamaki Drive waterfront — followed by a ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf for a relaxing afternoon at three notable vineyards. Port pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Auckland Sunset and Night Photography Tour

Focus your camera lens on Auckland at night during a photography tour with an expert photographer who serves as your guide. Begin with the vivid colors of sunset reflected in Waitemata Harbour. You’ll appreciate views of the city from Mt Victoria, Northcote and Auckland Harbour Bridge, then drive around the waterfront to see Mission Bay. Snap photos of colonial houses and St Mary's Church in Parnell, and learn to frame the illuminated Auckland War Memorial Museum just right.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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