Sometimes it’s hard to plan vacation activities for kids because you never know if they will actually like the things you plan. Every now and then it’s nice to read a kid-size review to give you some guidance into a child’s perspective. To help you with this, I’m posting a series of articles entitled “Boston Takes On.” These will be reviews by my son in his own words with some added information thrown in by me. Hopefully, these will make planning your next trip a little easier. Today’s topic is the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum in Auckland, New Zealand.
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
The Torpedo Bay Navy Museum is a small museum dedicated to the history of the New Zealand Navy. The museum is located in Devonport, New Zealand, which is right across the harbor from Auckland. To get to Devonport, you can either drive across the Harbor Bridge or you can take the ferry, which takes about 5-7 minutes. We opted to take the ferry because it is just more fun than driving. From the ferry building, you can walk to your right along the coast for about a mile to get to the museum. The museum is open daily from 10 am-5 pm. While the museum is free, the ferry will cost you $12 per adult and $7 per child for a roundtrip fare. You can explore everything in the museum in about 2 hours.
Boston described the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum as “superb.” This was one of the things he was the most excited about during our trip to New Zealand. He thought the museum was educational because it taught him about New Zealand’s involvement in the World Wars. According to Boston, it is good for anyone who is interested in wars and military history. He, however, does not recommend this museum for babies. He thought the playground in the front of the museum was ok for little kids. But, he felt that older kids, like him, would not see the playground as much fun.
There is a small snack bar/cafe at the museum which serves, among other things, ice cream. Boston thought the ice cream here was really good. His parents tend to agree with him on the ice cream! I had the summer nectarine flavor, which was fresh, bright, and creamy. It was the best ice cream I have ever tasted!
When asked how many stars he would give to the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, his answer was “infinity.” Boston concluded that it was definitely worth the walk from the ferry building.
Boston believed the best exhibits at the Navy Museum were definitely all of the model ships. There were several highly detailed models of various New Zealand naval ships scattered throughout the museum. Boston spent a good deal of his time examining these models. He also enjoyed the Boat Shed, which is a fairly new exhibit to the museum. You will find the Boat Shed behind the museum. The shed houses several life-sized boats commonly used by the navy for various jobs.
In one room of the museum, they have naval uniforms which kids can try on. Nearby is a replica of a bunk room on a ship. This gives kids a chance to see exactly what it is like to live, eat, and sleep on a naval ship. Boston recommends other kids visiting the museum to try on the uniforms. He also recommends getting a scavenger hunt sheet from the front desk and looking for all of the items on the list throughout the museum.
The Torpedo Bay Navy Museum is a small museum dedicated to the history of the New Zealand Navy located in a suburb of Auckland. It is free and open to the public from 10 am – 5 pm. This is a great little place to spend a few hours, especially if your kids are into ships or military history. There are several model ships and kids can try on navy uniforms. My son loved his time exploring this museum. There is even a cafe which serves wonderful ice cream! A visit to the Navy Museum during your trip to Auckland is well worth the time for your future sailors! Happy travels!