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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa: Small Group Guided Tour

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Wellington, New Zealand
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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Get a personal introduction to Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s premier museum based in Wellington. This 1-hour guided tour provides an overview of the museum’s interactive exhibits, artifacts, fine art and natural history displays so that you can better explore the collection on your own. You’ll get a deeper look at Maori cultural heritage and colonial history with an expert guide who share insights and offers suggestions for galleries that might suit your interests.
  • 60-minute guided tour of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Get an overview of the museum’s extensive collections from your expert guide
  • Learn about Maori cultural traditions, art and history
  • Marvel at the largest and only colossal squid on display in the world
  • See rare objects from the voyages of Captain James Cook
  • Spend extra time at Te Papa and admire the work of New Zealand artists and photographers
  • Includes admission to the museum and guided tour
60-minute guided tour
General Admission
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Te Papa Tongarewa is Wellington’s distinctive cultural history museum, a must-see attraction located on the waterfront in the city center. Enhance your visit with an introductory 1-hour guided tour, led by a knowledgeable expert who provides an orientation to the museum's collections.

Choose from several tour times throughout the day and make your way to the contemporary museum housed in a state-of-the-art building. You’ll meander through intriguing art and design galleries; learn the history of Maori and other Pacific cultures that came into contact with Captain Cook; view photography and natural science displays such as the giant squid; and come face to face with high-tech interactive exhibits. 

Use your admission ticket to browse the museum further on your own. Stay as long as you like; one can easily spend several hours delving into the exhibitions, gift shop and on-site cafes.
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Make your way to Te Papa, located in a distinctive modern building that sits on the waterfront in Wellington’s city center. You can choose from several times throughout the day for the 60-minute guided tour. Your guide introduces the museum's collections of art and design, photography, history, Maori and Pacific cultures, and natural sciences. Walk through parts of the impressive galleries and check out high-tech interactive features that enhance many of the exhibits. Among the amazing displays, you'll explore New Zealand's diverse natural environment,  experience Maori culture and learn about New Zealand's art and colonial history. Your ticket includes the tour and admission. After your tour, stay as long as you like to browse the galleries; one can easily spend several hours looking around the museum. A gift shop and two cafes are also on-site.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Small-Group tour limited to 15 people
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Museum of New Zealand Te Papa: Small Group Guided Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Museum of New Zealand Te Papa: Small Group Guided Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Museum of New Zealand Te Papa: Small Group Guided Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Museum of New Zealand Te Papa: Small Group Guided Tour.
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What is the maximum group size during Museum of New Zealand Te Papa: Small Group Guided Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Museum of New Zealand Te Papa: Small Group Guided Tour.

Traveller Tips


  • "Very good museum but additional charges if you want to see all exhibits." See review

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Absolutely fabulous. If you only go...
vickiaddey
, Feb. 2018
Absolutely fabulous. If you only go to one museum on NZ make it this one, but it is big so the introductory tour was invaluable. Basil was a highly knowledgeable and charming guide.
star-5
Excellent introduction to exhibits and...
BILL K
, Feb. 2018
Excellent introduction to exhibits and history of NZ
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Very good museum but additional charges...
scott.howard
, Feb. 2018
Very good museum but additional charges if you want to see all exhibits.
star-5
This museum is full of wonderful...
Sandra S
, Nov. 2017
This museum is full of wonderful Maori history and New Zealand history. Our guide was very informative and after his presentation we were able to maneuver through this immense volume of New Zealand's history. The World War I exhibit is incredibly realistic.
star-4
Given the enormity of the museum...
Deborah P
, Oct. 2017
Given the enormity of the museum collection, and the time restrictions imposed by a meagre hour, our guide did as good a job as could be expected, introducing us to some of the key components in the overall collection. Nancy's manner and delivery were both pleasant and solid in the detail given.
star-5
While i was the, there was a...
Methuen F
, Feb. 2017
While i was the, there was a Gallipoli exhibit which was absolutely amazing to go through, as was the entire museum, a must go for an overview of New Zealand history and culture.
star-5
We took the overview guided tour and...
Kurt S
, Jan. 2017
We took the overview guided tour and would highly recommend it.Our guide was a wealth of information, with a fun sense of humor.
star-4
We enjoyed the tour we took which...
Yvonne S
, Jan. 2017
We enjoyed the tour we took which was an introduction to some of the key sights in the museum. There was sooo much to see and do and one could spend hours and hours there. Unbelievable that entrance into the museum is free. It was definitely time well spent in Wellington.
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Excellent tour. We wish it could...
Catherine K
, Nov. 2016
Excellent tour. We wish it could have been just a little longer to have included more exhibits. Otherwise we really enjoyed it and had free time to explore the museum ourselves afterward.
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Great tour! Within one hour we saw...
Matt R
, Oct. 2016
Great tour! Within one hour we saw the highlights of the museum and decided what we wanted to go back to. We checked out an exhibit we otherwise would not have seen and can't stop talking about it. Great way to see the museum if you're not all that into meandering on your own.

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