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Getting here and parking

Auckland Museum can be easily reached from any part of the city, by car or public transport.

The Museum is a 30-minute walk and a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Alternatively, follow these directions to get here:

  • The Link Bus stops on nearby Parnell Road.
  • The Explorer Bus stops outside the Museum every 60 minutes (30 minutes Oct – Mar).
  • For train passengers, the Museum is a 10-minute walk from Grafton Station (Western line) and 15 minutes from Newmarket Station (Western/Southern lines).

 

Public transport

The Link bus service

It’s easy and simple to get around the CBD 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 a short walk away on Parnell Road. 

Read about Link bus routes and timetables here

Bus route 781 – Mission Bay to Newmarket and Auckland Museum via Orakei

  • Direct to the Museum
  • Operates every 30 minutes during peak hours,  Monday to Friday and also weekends
  • See timetable ​information here

The Explorer bus

A Hop On Hop Off Auckland sightseeing tour with commentary, visiting the "Big 14 Attractions" of Auckland. This bus stops directly outside the Museum entrance. Buses leave every 30 minutes from the Ferry Building at the end of Queen Street (hourly in winter).

Read more about The Explorer Bus

Regional transport

To plan a journey to the Museum using Auckland trains, ferries and buses, visit the Auckland Transport website.
 

Parking

Museum car park

Secure undercover paid parking is available at the Museum from 6.30am to 6.30pm. Your first 30 minutes are free. Enter from Maunsell Road, which is on the Newmarket side of the Domain.

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

  • Tap your Paywave card on exit 
  • pay at the machine 
  • or 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. 

Please note that due to construction work, there is currently no direct access into the Museum from the underground park. It is a short walk from the carpark to the Grand Foyer entrance. Please visit our Plan Your Visit page for more information. 

Free parking, subject to availability, is available in the Auckland 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. Find out more in the Access page of our website. 

 

Car parking fees 6.30 AM - 6.30 PM

First 30 minutes
FREE
60 minutes
$3
90 minutes
$4.50
120 minutes
$6
2.5 hours
$7.50
3 hours
$9
4 hours
$12
4.5 hours
$13.50
5 hours
$15
5+ hours
$30

Evening Rate - $10

If you’re 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 end of the scheduled event).
 

Operational information

Park your vehicle and take the ticket with you

You have three payment options:

  • Tap your Paywave card on exit 
  • Pay with cash or card at the machine on level P1 or P2 before you return to your car. Note the machines accept coins and notes up to $20 
  • Use the Inugo app*
    *Please note a 50c convenience fee applies to all Inugo transactions.

A lost ticket is chargeable $30

Please do not park in reserved spaces

The carpark operates from 6:30am to 6:30pm, except when an evening event is taking place for which the carpark has been opened longer. To release your car after the carpark has been closed, you will be charged $30.
 

Electric vehicle charging station now available at Auckland Museum

Auckland Museum is pleased to offer visitors an electric vehicle (EV) charging station courtesy of Vector.

  • The charger is located at the southern end of the Museum with two reserved carparks for use of the station.
  • This service is free of charge and is part of the Museum’s commitment to sustainability.
  • FAQs about EV charging can be found on Vector’s website