To be honest, I was drawn to the K-1 hull looming at the end of Quay Street that got us to the entrance, and the driving rain that pushed us through the doors, but two and a half hours later, we were so pleased we bothered with this great museum.
Robyn agrees it was the the guide, Bob, that made this such an experience - if the timing is right, TAKE THE GUIDED TOUR!
Bob knew his stuff, and told the stories of some of the boats floating in the harbour, and brought to life the close ties Kiwis have had with water since the first Maori set shore over 700 years ago, to the epic America's Cup wins back in the 1990s.
The artefacts, the ambience and the staff (including the two grumpy characters who were wheeling wood down to the Steam Launch Puke (stop laughing, that's pronounced Puh-Kay) to fire up the boiler, were terrific.
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