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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  • We had a morning to spend in Wellington and were thoroughly impressed with the city centre. Te Papa was the highlight. Clean, modern, innovative, engaging, enlightening. Full of youngsters, seniors, v...  more »
  • Well worth a visit it's free to visit. Fabulous collections, We found the Gallipoli exhibition so emotional, The story that are told brings the exhibition to life. so interesting and excellent display...  more »
  • Free and very well done. Ideal to discover the history of the country. Allow at least 4 hours to visit all floors. Well worth the money.
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  • One of the most beautiful museums I've ever visited, providing ample education, culture and fun. The exhibitions are diverse and fascinating (free to Aucklanders, almost $25 for other visitors) and the current special exhibitions are spectacular. It is worth the extra investment to watch the cultural Māori show, that uses music and dancing to explain some basics about ancestor migration and some basic traditions (around $25). Not to be missed experience - but beware, the museum is so large that history lovers will have trouble drinking in the culture and science in just one day.
  • Museum is free, but like all areas of Wellington parking is not free. Even though you pay for parking, it's worth visiting. You will find it hard to believe that such a great museum has no entrance fee. There's a lot of educational activities for the kids.
  • Lovely way to spend a couple of hours. Helps that it is free as well. Found that it lacked a bit in signposting where you should go. Without actually having a map of the place I don't know if you would be able to ensure you have seen all the exhibitions. Great experience with one staff member: pointed me towards the passports section because he thought I was Irish (definitely not) when I explained I am from Auckland he pointed me towards the exhibition on volcanoes. 🤔 Definitely visit the Gallipoli exhibition. Very eye-opening.
  • Free entry to museum. Maps available in all areas. Friendly staff everywhere to guide. You need minimum 3-4 hours. Kids section available. Lots to learn - History, Art, Culture, etc. Great stuff!!
  • This is the jewel in Wellington. It's a place where you need to have a good day to spend there. Highly recommend to all that are visiting Wellington. The Gallipoli exhibition is mind blowing so life like and so thought provoking, made me cry on numerous occasions. Very child friendly environment and the Cafe is a drawcard as well.

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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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