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Auckland, New Zealand Museums – Virtual Tour

Museums in Auckland, New Zealand - Virtual Tour

Museums in Auckland, New Zealand – Virtual Tour

Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and is located on the North Island. It is a diverse and multicultural city and is home to the largest Polynesian population in the world.

The Māori language name for Auckland is Tāmaki-makau-rau, meaning “Tāmaki with a hundred lovers,” which refers to its desirable location in fertile lands and waters.

The location on which Auckland was built was first settled around 1350 by Māori and was valued for its rich and fertile land.

The population in the area is estimated to have peaked at 20,000 before the arrival of Europeans. After a British colony, the area was named “Auckland” for George Eden, Earl of Auckland, British First Lord of the Admiralty.

Today, Auckland is the major financial center of New Zealand an exciting museum destination.

A Virtual Tour of the Museums in Auckland, New Zealand

Highlights Tour of the Museums in New Zealand

Auckland War Memorial Museum

The Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira is one of New Zealand’s major museums and war memorials.

Its collections concentrate on New Zealand history, natural history, as well as military history.

New Zealand Maritime Museum

The New Zealand Maritime Museum, Hui Te Anaui A Tangaroa, is a maritime museum with exhibitions spanning New Zealand’s maritime history.

Exhibits start from the earliest Polynesian explorers and settlers to the modern-day triumphs at America’s Cup.

Its Maori name is ‘Te Huiteanaui-A-Tangaroa,’ which means the holder of the treasures of Tangaroa, the Sea God.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

The is the leading public gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, and has the most extensive collection of national and international art in New Zealand.

European paintings initially dominated the collection following the historical taste of the 19th century; however, today’s collection includes various periods, styles, and media.

Museums in Auckland, New Zealand

  • City:                                Auckland
  • Māori:                            Tāmaki-makau-rau
  • Island:                            North Island, New Zealand
  • Settled by Māori           1350
  • Settled by Europeans   1840
  • Population:                   1.6 million
  • Country:                        New Zealand

Maori New Zealand Proverbs, Quotes, and Sayings

Museums in Auckland, New Zealand – Map

Museums in Auckland, New Zealand

Museums in Auckland, New Zealand


“Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.”
– Maori Proverb


Photo Credit: By Craig ( [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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