Auckland’s Voyager Maritime Museum is a place of amazing journeys. See how the nation’s relationship with the sea has shaped the New Zealand identity. Your humble blogger has been to Vaka Village on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, where the original Polynesian explorers left from Ngatangiia Harbour in search of Aotearoa.
Legend has it that they saw birds arrive from across the sea and figured there had to be land out yonder – and set out on an epic voyage in outrigger canoes – the early European invasion, sorry, exploration and settlement also came from the sea and today’s yachting successes are also on display. And, if you want genuine aquatic interaction, you can actually take a harbour sail from here.
For the record New Zealand has won the coveted America’s Cup twice, both five-nil, in 1995 and 2000. In 2013 the America’s Cup was held in San Francisco and at a lead of six races to one the museum started designing a new cabinet for the Auld Mug but, alas, it was not to be...
The museum has wheelchair access and disabled facilities and they have a wheelchair for loan.