We encourage visitors to use public and active transport options where possible. Parking at the Museum and in the Domain can be in high demand during busy periods such as school holidays and public holidays.

Walking and biking

Auckland Museum is conveniently located in the heart of Auckland, making it easy to get to actively from the central city.

The Museum is a 10 minute walk from Newmarket, a 10 minute walk from Parnell, and a 35 minute walk from Auckland’s city centre.

Several routes that connect the Museum to the city centre via Auckland Domain are steep and require a reasonable level of fitness.

A bike rack is available on the South West side of the Museum building. You will need to bring your own lock. At this time we do not have a charging facility for e-bikes and e-scooters.

Public transport

A variety of public transport options are available to access the Museum. To plan a journey to the Museum using Auckland trains, ferries and buses, visit the Auckland Transport website.

Route 781 bus service

This bus route drops you directly at the Auckland Museum, running between Mission Bay to Newmarket via Orakei.



Link bus service

It’s easy and simple to get around the city centre and city fringe suburbs on the Link, with four bus routes operating on a regular timetable. You can access the Museum via both the InnerLink (green buses) and the OuterLink (orange buses), which both stop on Parnell Road. It is a short walk to the Museum:

By train

By train

The Museum is a 15-minute walk from Grafton Station (Western line) and a 15 minute walk from Newmarket Station (Western and Southern lines). See the Auckland Transport website for more information.

Car transport and parking

The Museum encourages visitors to use public and active transport options where possible, however, visitors can also easily reach us via car.

Secure undercover paid parking is available at the Museum from 6.30AM to 6.30PM, except when an evening event is taking place for which the carpark has been opened longer. Enter the Museum car park from Maunsell Road.

There are three ways to pay for parking when you visit:

  • Tap your Paywave card on exit
  • Pay at the machine
  • Use the Inugo app*

*Please note a 50c convenience fee applies to all Inugo transactions.

The car park pay station accepts VISA, MasterCard, EFTPOS and cash up to $20 notes. Our car park is under CCTV and security surveillance.

There is some free parking, subject to availability, in the Auckland Domain. Please note that during busy periods such as school holidays, public holidays and weekends it may be difficult to find a carpark at the Museum or in the Domain.

Accessible parking

A limited number of mobility parking spaces are located in the underground carpark and at the South Atrium Entrance. There are also two pick-up and drop-off mobility parking spaces right next to the Memorial Entrance. Click here to find out more about accessibility options.

Car parking fees 6.30AM - 6.30PM

First 30 minutes  


   60 minutes


90 minutes    


   120 minutes  


2.5 hours


   3 hours


4 hours


   4.5 hours


5 hours


   5+ hours


*Evening Rate - $10

Evening car parking fees

If you’re visiting the Museum on Twilight Tuesdays, or attending an evening event at the Museum, you can park for a flat fee of $10 for the evening, from 5pm until closure of the car park (which coincides with the late-night closure of the Museum or the end of the scheduled event).

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