Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Guided Tour

    1. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Guided Tour

    This introductory 1-hour guided tour is the perfect way to gain an overview of Te Papa’s highlights, Maori treasures, and New Zealand history. It is ideal if you have limited time or would like an introduction for an extended visit!  In central Wellington, you're rarely more than a 20-minute walk away from The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, a cultural history museum located on the waterfront. Join a tour in either English or Mandarin led by a friendly, knowledgeable guide to make the most of your visit. The guides are highly trained, with a knack for bringing the stories of New Zealand's places and people to life. Tours available in English or Mandarin.  Learn about Maori history, traditions, and art. View photography and natural science displays, come face-to-face with the largest and only colossal squid on display in the world. Enjoy high-tech interactive exhibits, art and ...

    The initial one hour tour was fabulous to get your bearings. There is so much to see.

  • Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa: Gallipoli Early Entry Ticket

    2. Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa: Gallipoli Early Entry Ticket

    Avoid the crowds and enter the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa before it opens to the public at 10:00 AM, and access the "Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War" exhibition to learn more about one of the major campaigns of World War I. Get a short introduction from a knowledgeable guide, and then explore at your own pace. Combining the world of museums with the world-class creative artistry of Weta Workshop, the ground-breaking exhibition tells the story through the eyes and words of eight ordinary New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.  Learn all about the giant sculptures that took a staggering 24,000 hours to create. Encounter 3D maps and projections, miniatures, models, dioramas, and a range of interactive experiences that will bring New Zealand's Gallipoli story to life. Then, use your entry ticket to explore the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarew...

    It was well worth it to buy tickets for an early admission. Would perhaps have liked a bit more time before the crowd came in behind us. Would have been prepared to go an extra half hour earlier.

  • Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa Twilight Express Tour

    3. Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa Twilight Express Tour

    Take a 45-minute express tour at twilight when the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is less crowded. Tick off the museum's main highlights and learn about New Zealand's land, people, and history from your friendly knowledgeable guide.  The museum extensive collections are spread over six floors with over 200,000 items. Join a small group lead by a friendly, knowledgeable guide who will take you on the most direct route to the museum's popular exhibits. The route may vary depending on your guide.   The guides are highly trained, with a knack for bringing the stories of New Zealand's places and people to life. You will stop regularly to interact with the displays and learn about the most important works and artifacts. See Māori cultural treasures, the museum’s own 'marae' (Māori meeting house), as well as historic and contemporary art. 

    We really enjoyed the tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I walk with a cane and was quite tired and they provided me with a mobility scooter which made the tour so much easier.

  • Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: Mana Māori Tour

    4. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: Mana Māori Tour

    Enjoy a 1-hour guided afternoon tour to discover Te Papa’s Maori cultural treasures and hear their stories. This tour will enrich your understanding of what makes New Zealand’s Maori culture unique. In central Wellington, you're rarely more than a 20-minute walk away from The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, a cultural history museum located on the waterfront. Gain free admission to the museum and explore at your own pace. Then, join a small-group afternoon tour with a friendly, knowledgeable guide to learn about Aotearoa and its indigenous Māori people. Listen to engaging and informative commentary as your guide brings the stories of New Zealand's places and people to life. The museum extensive collections are spread over six floors with high-tech interactive exhibits. Encounter Māori and other Pacific Island cultural treasures and learn about New Zealand’s extraordinary natur...

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What people are saying about Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 53 reviews

An amazing experience

Great to not only see the display but also here the stories of the characters involved.This was aided by being there early and have the time to take it all in. It was disappointing to see some people just walking thru and not taking the time to listen to the stories behind the display.

We really enjoyed the tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I walk with a cane and was quite tired and they provided me with a mobility scooter which made the tour so much easier.

The initial one hour tour was fabulous to get your bearings. There is so much to see.

Our guide was amazing very knowledgeable as well as friendly

Well worth the introduction to what was to be enjoyed.