Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision


Ngā Taonga is a vortex of NZ moving images into which you could get sucked for days. Its library holds tens of thousands of titles: feature films, documentaries, short films, home movies, newsreels, TV programs, advertisements… There is a viewing library (free) where you can watch films until you’re square-eyed.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Wellington attractions

1. National Library of New Zealand

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As well as being a wonderful resource for researchers, the National Library has various exhibition spaces including the Turnbull Gallery, displaying rare…

2. Wellington Cathedral of St Paul

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At 88m long and 18m high, this modern Anglican cathedral exudes quasi-Moorish architectural vibes inside its lofty interiors. It first opened its doors in…

3. New Zealand Parliament

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New Zealand might be a young country but it has one of the oldest continuously functioning parliaments in the world and has chalked up more than its share…

4. Old St Paul's

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Designed by Rev Fred Thatcher, the first vicar of Wellington, this wonderfully woody former Anglican cathedral (1866) is well worth a look. Despite its…

5. Old Government Buildings

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Across the road from Parliament, this grand Italianate structure (1876) is the largest wooden building in the southern hemisphere, although it does a…

6. Bolton Street Cemetery


Lost beneath a canopy of oak and pohutukawa, between freeway off-ramps and apartment towers, this fabulously dank and atmospheric remnant dates back to…

7. Katherine Mansfield House & Garden

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Often compared to Chekhov and Maupassant, Katherine Mansfield was one of NZ’s most distinguished authors, who pushed the short-story form to uncharted…

8. New Zealand Portrait Gallery

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Housed in a heritage red-brick warehouse on the waterfront, this estimable gallery presents a diverse range of NZ portraiture and caricature from its own…