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.
Meet your guide at Te Papa, which is located by Wellington’s waterfront, and then head inside to begin your express tour with a small group. The museum’s collection comprises some 200,000 items and spans six floors, so you could easily lose an entire day of your vacation hunting down the museum’s highlights. On this tour, your guide will help you get your bearings and take you on the most direct route to the most popular exhibits.
Follow your guide through the museum, stopping regularly to interact with the displays and learn about the most important works and artifacts. The route you take varies depending on the guide, but you can expect to see highlights such as taonga (Māori cultural treasures) and the museum’s own marae (Māori meeting house), as well as historic and contemporary art.
After roughly 45 minutes your tour concludes inside the museum.
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