Beginning of main content
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and vacation rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand)

See, smell and touch the exhibits at New Zealand’s hi-tech and interactive free national museum.

Embrace New Zealand’s culture, history, flora and fauna with six floors of exhibitions and interactive experiences at Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Its full Māori name is “Te Papa Tongarewa,” which means “container of treasures.”  

Start your hands-on adventure inside Our Space, a hi-tech interactive experience that includes The Wall, a 59 feet (18 meter) long interactive video wall.

Learn about the natural forces that shaped New Zealand at the Awesome Forces exhibit. Step inside the shake house and experience a simulated earthquake. Watch the light and sound show that tells the Māori account of creation.

At Mountains to Sea you’ll see displays of more than 2,500 native plants and animals, from insects to the 68-feet (21-meter) skeleton of pygmy blue whale.

Get close to what’s thought to be the heaviest squid ever caught. It weighs 1,091 pounds (495 kilograms) and has a mantle length (the length of the muscular organ that protects the body) of 8.2 feet (2.5 meters). It was captured by a New Zealand fishing vessel in Antarctic waters in 2007 and is preserved in a large tank.

Appreciate some of the museum’s cultural treasures, including thousands of Māori ancestral carvings, ornaments and weapons. Te Papa also houses the national art collection, which includes thousands of works by New Zealand artists, photographers and sculptors.

Explore an urban rainforest at Bush City, just outside the museum. Here, you can crawl through a limestone cave to see glow worms and the bones of an extinct moa bird.

Kids will love the activities designed for them. They can dig for dinosaur bones, learn traditional Māori games, make a puppet, examine insects under a microscope or take an art class.

Situated in Cable Street on Wellington’s waterfront, Te Papa is easily reached by car and public transport. Most of the city’s buses travel near the museum and the main railway station is just a short walk away. There is pay parking 24 hours a day.

Te Papa is open daily, including public holidays. Admission is free though charges may apply to some temporary exhibitions.


Guide to Exploring around Te Papa


Map

Best Lodging Options Near Te Papa

See all 184 Properties near Te Papa
Oaks Wellington Hotel ¥7,919
Oaks Wellington Hotel

Oaks Wellington Hotel

89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington, Wellington
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Te Aro, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Courtenay Place, Cuba Street Mall, and Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand). Michael Fowler Centre and Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 20 minutes by foot.

    DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington ¥9,577
    DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington

    DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington

    Corner of Lambton Quay and Grey Street, 28 Grey Street, Wellington, NZ
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located in a shopping district, just steps from Lambton Quay and Wellington Central Business District. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Wellington Waterfront are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 9 minutes by foot.

      Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay ¥7,128
      Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

      Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

      100 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Oriental Bay, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oriental Parade, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Courtenay Place are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 25 minutes by foot.

        QT Wellington ¥10,384
        QT Wellington

        QT Wellington

        90 Cable Street, Wellington
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located in the entertainment district, steps from Waitangi Park, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Oriental Parade are also within 5 minutes. Wellington Station is 19 minutes by foot.

          InterContinental Wellington ¥12,189
          InterContinental Wellington

          InterContinental Wellington

          2 Grey Street, Wellington
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps from Lambton Quay, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Cuba Street Mall are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is 10 minutes by foot.

            Mercure Wellington Central City Hotel and Apartments ¥5,479
            Mercure Wellington Central City Hotel and Apartments

            Mercure Wellington Central City Hotel and Apartments

            130 Victoria Street, Wellington
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Te Aro, this hotel is steps from Cuba Street Mall and Wellington Central Business District. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Wellington Waterfront are also within 10 minutes. Wellington Station is 18 minutes by foot.

              Rydges Wellington ¥9,040
              Rydges Wellington

              Rydges Wellington

              75 Featherston St, Wellington
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Wellington, this luxury hotel is steps from Old Government Buildings, Wellington Central Business District, and Wellington Waterfront. Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand) and Westpac Stadium are also within 15 minutes. Wellington Station is only a 3-minute walk.

                The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges ¥5,697
                The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges

                The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges

                24 Hawkestone St, Thorndon, Wellington
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Wellington hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Old St Paul's and Beehive. Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station) and Botanic Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wellington Station is 9 minutes by foot and Wellington Kaiwharawhara Station is 28 minutes.