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Local History

Many waves, many people, one place: Torpedo Bay.

Discover the local history that lies beneath the surface at Torpedo Bay, home of the Navy Museum. Find clues in the buildings, in the ground, and all around, of the many people who have come to this place.

Consider Te Hau Kapua (the Māori name for the site) during Māori arrival and settlement. Explore the archaeology of the submarine mining station developed at Torpedo Bay during the ‘Russian Scare.’

Hear a salty story about the German Captain Count Felix von Luckner, who was briefly imprisoned at Torpedo Bay. What ties these stories together? Follow the many interwoven strands of history in this remarkable historical site.

Keen to find out how we can work with you to design a learning programme for your class that fits the Aotearoa New Zealand History Curriculum? Contact our educator here.