Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), Wellington

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The whole family can get a dynamic and in-depth overview of New Zealand at Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), one of the nation's main cultural institutions. The museum's native name loosely translates as the "Place of Treasures," an apt description for a building featuring six floors of collections that include everything from Maori artifacts and medieval clothing to animal fossils and local arts. With high-tech galleries designed to engage and educate visitors of all ages, the exhibits narrate the history and development of the Pacific Islands. Be sure to walk through the national art collection, and for a hands-on family-oriented experience, head to one of the themed discovery centers. The easiest way to explore the vast galleries is by guided tour--these leave from the second-level info desk several times a day. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Wellington using our trip planner.
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  • The museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, is a must see for every visitor of Wellington. You can spend so much time in there and get a variety of exhibitions. It offers areas for children as well. My favour...  more »
  • Were there with our 6 year old son 2 times for 90 minutes and we have not bored. Great exhibitions and subjects
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  • We visited the museum during a recent trip to Wellington. The Gallipoli exhibition was excellent, we were impressed with the stories, it was well put together. We weren’t as impressed with the statues...  more »
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  • Incredible free museum with very informative displays. There are some paid displays but you could easily spends a day and still not see the entire museum. Had two options for food with a cheaper more kids friendly option on the ground level as well as a more cafe like option on level 2. Try your hand at creating a giant octopus on the digital display and you can check out it's progress online. Too cute! The interactive kids area is going to be renovated with an incredible new interactive display to replace it in 2018.
  • This was one of the highlights of our holiday. Spent about 5 hours looking at all the exhibits. 5 floors of exhibits with another nearly finished. The Gallipoli display was incredible. The lifelike models of people had hair standing up on their arms and the blood even looked real. Listening to the tales of the war battles was gut wrenching. Also enjoyed all the displays on the earth shifting and we went into the house that re enacts what its like to be in an earthquake. We were so lucky as the Salvation Army band were performing Christmas carols too. And the cafe there has great variety of food at reasonable prices.
  • A must visit place if you visit Wellington. It'll easily take anything from 2 to 5 hours depending on your interest. Great place for family and especially kids. My favorite is Gallipoli war exhibition is the best in the world. The exhibition is so good that it brings the world war 1 events to life. Worth the wait in Q and time. There are plenty of other things to do as well. The entry is Free but not the parking.
  • It's amazing, every trip is a pleasure. Staff are friendly and helpful. Exhibitions are interesting, if a little oldish now. The only thing that brings it down is the fact that it's swamped in tourists. Just thousands everywhere. It's impossible to give the exhibits the attention they deserve when surrounded by the masses of tourists. Otherwise it's pretty good.
  • Absolutely amazing. The ANZAC memorial is definitely worth a look through when you visit the place if they still have it up (it is currently there as of 23/12/17) The statues in the ANZAC memorial are so detailed and life like all down to the individual hairs on their arms. And it is fascinating to see what the New Zealand and Australian Force's went through during WW1 and 2

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As an established, modern capital city, Wellington offers accommodations of numerous shapes and sizes. Get a harbor view at a luxury hotel by the waterfront, or enjoy simple rental rooms at one of the many backpacker hostels. Cheaper accommodation lies outside the downtown area, with motels, campsites, and RV parks providing options for those on smaller budgets, and travelers wanting to get out of town and into the rolling, green hills. Wellington benefits from a wide range of transport and a very efficient infrastructure, so you'll have access to attractions no matter where you stay.
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