Te Papa Museum, Wellington

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Te Papa, New Zealand's innovative and interactive national museum, is set in a breathtaking location on Wellington’s beautiful waterfront.

Explore the great treasures and stories of this country – its unique natural environment, the vitality of Maori culture, its dynamic art heritage, and fascinating history.

Using a combination of the latest technology and classic storytelling, Te Papa educates, entertains, and inspires.

Experience an exquisitely carved marae (Maori meeting place), walk through living native bush, and be shaken in the Earthquake House as it simulates a real aftershock. View the national art collection, mix your own Pacific beats, then engage with the stories of New Zealand’s history. Come face-to-face with a colossal squid specimen and learn about its life through interactives and 3-D animation! Families can get hands-on in the four themed interactive children’s Discovery Centres.

Since opening in 1998, Te Papa has attracted over 21 million visitors and has been a huge success with international visitors as well as the local Kiwis. Te Papa is a ‘must see’ on every visitor’s itinerary.

With six floors to explore, the best way to enjoy Te Papa is to take a tour with a knowledgeable Te Papa Host.

Introducing Te Papa – 60 minutes

  • Discover highlights from across the Museum, including the colossal squid, major artworks, New Zealand history and Maori treasures. Ideal for visitors with limited time or wanting an introduction for an extended visit.

  • Available: No booking required. Purchase tickets on the day at the Information Desk.

  • 1 November – 31 March at 10.15am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and Thursdays 7pm;

  • 1 April – 31 October at 10.15am, 12 noon and 2pm, and extra tour Thursdays 7pm.

  • Cost: Adult $14, Child (aged 15 and under) $7. (Pricing valid to 30 June 2015)

Te Papa - Hours & Admission

Open every day 10am–6pm, and until 9pm Thursdays.
Free general admission.
Charges apply for tours and some short-term exhibitions.

Te Papa Museum, Wellington Enquiry Form


55 Cable Street

Phone: +64 4 381 7000


Web: Visit website

Te Papa Museum, Wellington Enquiry Form