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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Guided Tour

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

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.

Customer Reviews

Matt R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

d4fwilson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We paid for a guided tour, and were glad we did, as our guide was very knowledgeable about Maori culture and the various exhibits. The Gallipoli exhibition was very moving, the bigger than life statues were truly realistic and the narrative very touching. We had three hours to spare, and could have kept looking about for another three hours. Excellent museum.

Sandra O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

One of my favourite in the world thus far and I have been to a good few.

Raymond B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

See the highlights quickly. Guide was great.

JH L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent guidance!!

Karen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

I've never seen such a well-planned, informative, interactional, beautiful museum. Guide excellent, interesting, informed, professional, helpful. We spent 3 1/2 hours there and would have stayed longer, but too tired.

Catherine K

4 star rating: Recommended November 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.

icmdly

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2015

this was a great place to visit but we didn't think much about the tour

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