are incredibly diverse. On a typical visit to New Zealand’s biggest city, you might stumble across various Maori treasures, war history relics, interesting aviation displays and shiploads of maritime exhibits. Take a look at some of the very best in the area.
Auckland War Memorial Museum
New Zealand Maritime Museum
Te Toi Uku - The Crown Lynn and Landworks Museum
Te Toi Uku – The Crown Lynn and Landworks Museum
Crown Lynn is a now defunct ceramics manufacturer who, over the course of 40 years, produced some of New Zealand’s most iconic home wares. Te Toi Uku is a museum that immortalises these classic items, showcasing a collection ceramic works, vases, porcelains, shards, dinnerware and nursery ware. The museum also consists of archival items like photographs and documents, focusing on the manufacturing, production and evolving trends in the industry.
Te Toi Uku – Crown Lynn & Clayworks Museum, 8 Ambrico Pl, New Lynn, Auckland 0600, New Zealand. +64 9-827 7349
This historic museum is located in Long Bay, on Auckland’s North Shore, and has been a part of the community since early European settlement. George Vaughan and his descendants used the cottage farmhouse as their homestead for 100 years, farming approximately 2000 acres of land in its surrounds (the latter of which is now the Long Bay Regional Park). After several years of restorative work, the homestead was transformed into a community museum which is opened to the public in selected hours or by appointment.
Vaughan Historic Homestead, Long Bay, Auckland 0792, New Zealand.
Huia Settlers Museum
The Huia Settlers Museum was opened in 1984 and is fully owned and operated by the local community. Its primary focus is on capturing the settler farming history of Huia, the Manukau Harbour, the Waitakere Ranges, Cornwallis, Laingholm, Whatipu and Parau. Many of the museum’s photographs are of unknown authors. Other notable collection items include nautical relics (particularly those pertaining to the HMS Orpheus shipwreck), local history books and an array of archival documents.
Huia Settlers Museum, Auckland Centennial Park, Besides Community Hall 1251 Huia Rd, Huia, Auckland 0604, New Zealand. +64 9-811 8971