Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) Tours

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The Museum of New Zealand, also known as Te Papa Tongarewa, takes visitors on an inspiring and interactive excursion through the country's history, art, and culture. Called Te Papa ("our place") by locals, the site and its prized collections focus on Maori culture, as well as the natural environment and the Pacific.

Travelers will find a huge set of Maori artifacts, a hands-on activity center for children, contemporary art, high-tech displays and models of Maori meeting houses and colonial settlements. Take a tour of the highlights or target your favorite area of interest.

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The modern building housing the Museum of New Zealand dominates Wellington’s waterfront in the city center.
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Address: 55 Cable Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Hours: Daily 10am–6pm (10am–9pm on Thursday)
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Admission: Free, but some charges may apply for special exhibits
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Wellington Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour

See the top attractions of Wellington on a hop-on hop-off minivan tour that follows a 90 minute route throughout the capital city and its outskirts. You can hop off at any of the 11 stops to explore points of interest such as Mt Victoria Lookout, Wellington Zoo, Wellington Botanic Garden or the Te Papa museum on your own. Your guide points out sights such as Parliament & Old St Paul’s Church and the Cable Car on this small-group tour.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Wellington City Sightseeing Small-Group Tour

Get introduced to the cosmopolitan city of Wellington on a small-group sightseeing tour by luxury mini-coach. You’ll travel along the south coast and into the heart the capital, including the suburb of Thorndon, site of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings and Beehive. Travel by cable car to the summit of Mt Victoria and visit the national Te Papa museum. Choose a half-day itinerary or upgrade for a full day that includes a beach picnic or cafe lunch. Numbers are limited to six people for an intimate experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Guided Tour

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.
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Maori Highlights Tour

Get a 60-minute introduction to the highlights of Te Papa’s ‘taonga,’ meaning a ‘cultural treasures’ in the Māori language. While admission to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is free, a small-group tour with a museum guide offers more insight on the enrich your understanding of this unique culture.
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Museum of Te Papa Tongarewa Twilight Express Tour

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which translates as 'the place of treasures of this land,' is Wellington’s must-visit attraction. Popular with tourists and Kiwis alike, Te Papa — or Our Place — is a treasure trove of New Zealand history and art, Māori culture, the Pacific and the natural environment. On this 45-minute express tour, you’ll explore the museum in the early evening, when the daytime crowds have thinned. Check off the main highlights on each of the museum’s six floors, and gain additional insight into New Zealand’s land and history from your guide’s commentary.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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