New Zealand Maritime Museum with Harbor Heritage Cruise

New Zealand Maritime Museum with Harbor Heritage Cruise

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      Auckland, New Zealand
      2 Hours
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
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      $ 37
      • The cruise: Built using traditional materials and methods, the twin-masted Ted Ashby sails through the harbor on a journey through history. Take in the Sky Tower, the harbor bridge, and other Auckland icons as your skipper describes what you would have seen beginning in the late 19th century.
      • Guided tour: Museum staff help you navigate the treasures of New Zealand's maritime heritage, from replicas of Polynesian canoes to life aboard English settler ships to whaling, steamships, artifacts salvaged from the seabed, and yacht racing.
      • Get your sea legs: The museum is an immersive, interactive experience that lets you try your hand at yacht design, hoist the sails, batten down the hatches in a rocking cabin, climb into the sleeping berths of a ship that brought immigrants from England, and chill in a typical Kiwi beach holiday home called a bach.
      • The art of sailing: The Edmiston Gallery's permanent collection and temporary exhibits showcase nautical culture in paintings, photography, folk art, and digital media.

      Meeting point

      Please make your way to the Corner Quay Street and Hobson Street, Auckland to begin your experience.

      Helpful hints

      The Maritime Museum is within walking distance from the ships' pier.

      Getting around

      The amount of walking is at the traveler's discretion while visiting the attraction.

      Activity type

      Cultural, Scenic

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      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      A scow is, technically, a schooner. But while the latter connotes sleek lines and the romance of the open sea, sturdy scows did the hard, unglamorous work of hauling cargo from ships anchored offshore to harbor docks, and then heading back out with new loads.

      It's all about the keel: A scow doesn't have one. It's a flat-bottomed girl with a blunt bow, able to navigate shallow harbors and bays that would ground a deep-keeled schooner.

      "Scow" doesn't even sound nice; if you're not a longshoreman, the only word you've probably seen it follow is "garbage." It's a synonym for barge that sounds like a nautical insult.

      This is not really fair to the Ted Ashby. Despite her blocky proportions, she's kind of pretty. You see the schooner in her, not a barge. And she was certainly built with love; volunteers and museum experts put her together the old-fashioned way, joining North Island blackbutt hardwood and worm-resistant native totara with steel spikes.

      You're going to feel that love. On a nice day, with the right breeze, the sails fill and she scoots along at a fair clip. It's fun, and nostalgic – when she launched in 1993, it was a big deal. New Zealand is, after all, a young country, and traditions are treasured. The beauty of this one is that you don't have to be a New Zealander to appreciate it.

      The old man and the scow

      About 130 cargo scows were built in New Zealand from an American design, and scurried around harbors there until the 1960s. Few survive, which is why Aucklanders are so attached to Ted Ashby. She's named after the man who wrote the book on scows in 1975 – Phantom Fleet: The Scows and Scowmen of Auckland – after 50 years as a proud scowman himself.

      Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.


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      Auckland, New Zealand
      Great photo opportunities
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      Wear sunscreen
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      Wear comfortable shoes
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