New Zealand Maritime Heritage Links

Museum of Wellington. Wellington's museum, a restored heritage icon and journey through the Capital's past, present and future.

New Zealand Maritime Museum. The museum is situated at the heart of Auckland's downtown waterfront area.

Rangitoto Ships' Graveyard. Wreck Bay and the adjacent coastline of Rangitoto Island is a graveyard for at least 13 ships that were dumped on the island between 1887 and 1947.

International Maritime Archaeological Organisations

Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology. The Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology is an non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of underwater cultural heritage, and promotion of maritime archaeology conducted in accordance with internationally accepted standards.

Institute of Nautical Archaeology (USA). For over three decades INA researchers in association with the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University have been exploring humankind's seafaring past under water and on land; via shipwrecks and sunken cities; from North America to the Middle East, Africa, and beyond!

The Underwater Archaeological Society of British Columbia. One of the largest avocational, underwater archaeological organizations in Canada. For 25 years UASBC has been undertaking 99% of the underwater archaeology in BC.

Historic England. The public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England's spectacular historic environment. Historic England Research - Volume 7 is the magazine version of Historic England Research. It reports on projects and activities involving applied research into the historic environment. The Volume 7 PDF version includes articles on shipwrecks and England's protected wreck sites.

Overseas Maritime Museums

National Maritime Museum. (United Kingdom). The National Maritime Museum (NMM) was formally opened to the public on 27 April 1937. It includes the 17th-century Queen's House and, from the 1950s, the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. There is also a small museum at Cotehele Quay on the Tamar, Cornwall, with the NMM/National Trust sailing barge 'Shamrock', and the 'Valhalla' ships' figurehead collection on Tresco, Isles of Scilly. The public galleries at Greenwich display a thematically arranged selection and the remainder are accessible for public interest and research in various ways. From December 2002 the majority of the NMM small-boat collection will be on display at the new National Maritime Museum, Cornwall, at Falmouth.

Western Australian Maritime Museum. The Western Australian Maritime Museum provides exhibitions on Shipwrecks discovered off the Western Australian coast and Western Australia's Maritime endeavors. We have 3 main sites in Fremantle that bring together Western Australia's Maritime heritage.


Maritime Archaeological Eduction in Australia

Databases and research etc..

A look at several of New Zealand's wrecks

New Zealand Historic Ships

Mystic Seaport Collection

HMY Yachts: A Timeline of Ships, Boats and Yachts

A site contributed by student researcher Ethan. You may wish to 'X-out' a few chat panels on this page.

Important Links

Protected Objects Act & Antiquities Act 1975.
A lot more interesting than you would think a page dedicated to an Act of Parliament. This is also an important act to understand if you are going to be diving on wrecks, or around shore based sites.

Heritage New Zealand, Pouhere Taonga
Heritage New Zealand is the country's leading heritage agency whose mission is to keep New Zealand's heritage places alive and useful. Their activities relate to the recognition, protection and promotion of New Zealand's historic and cultural heritage.

Dive New Zealand

The Wellington Dive Guide.
Excellent site for those interested in Wellington, and not just its diving. From an archaeological view it looks at Wellington's wrecks and other sites of interest as well as giving practical advice on dive access etc..

Dive New Zealand Magazine

Wellington Dive Clubs
Island Bay Divers
New Zealand Sea Adventures

Dive and Fishing Charters, Wellington Area
Westcoast Charters

Note: If you are from a New Zealand dive group, or associated with the New Zealand dive tourism industry, and your site is about promoting New Zealand diving, let us know, and we may add a link for you.

Sites of interest

New Zealand Ship and Marine Society
The site has fabulous images and information in relation to the Union Steam Ship Company and the New Zealand Shipping Company.

The Pamir, it's time as a New Zealand vessel