Voyager – New Zealand Maritime Museum

Lonely Planet review

This well-presented museum traces NZ’s seafaring history from Maori voyaging canoes to the America’s Cup. Recreations include a tilting 19th-century steerage-class cabin and a fab 1950s beach store and bach (holiday home). Blue Water Black Magic is a tribute to Sir Peter Blake, the Whitbread-Round-the-World and America’s Cup–winning yachtsman who was murdered in 2001 while on an environmental monitoring trip on the Amazon.

Check the website for details of regular historic steam-tug and sailing-ship cruises.