Situated on The Domain, an extensive central city parkland on one of Auckland's extinct volcanic hills, the Auckland Museum overlooks the city and the attractive Waitemata Harbour. It is one of the most visited attractions in the city, housing a remarkable collection of Maori and Pacific Island artefacts and cultural displays. Originally built as a World War I Memorial in 1929, the building was dedicated to the memory of New Zealand victims in both World War I and II. The 'New Zealand at War' exhibition has since been joined by extensive displays about the people and the country, its cultures, art and natural history. There is a Children's Discovery Centre on the middle floor. For many, a highlight of a visit to the museum, is the three times daily Maori cultural performance of song and dance, providing an entertaining insight into Maori mythology and history.
Address: Domain Drive, The Domain, Parnell
Telephone: +64 (0)9 309 0443 or +64 (0)9 306 7067
Transport: The museum is a five minute drive from the city centre, free parking is available for up to one hour. The green LINK buses stop at Parnell Road which is close to the museum. City tour buses and the hop-on-hop-off bus services stop outside the museum every half hour. Public services 645 and 655 also stop on Parnell Road, five minutes walk away.
Opening times: Daily 10am-5pm. Closed on 25 December and 25 April.
Admission: A NZ$10 donation is suggested (adults). The Maori performance requires an admission of NZ$15 (concessions available) and this includes the museum donation. Guided tours are available at an additional fee of NZ$10 per adult and NZ$5 for children.