Te Papa

Museum in Wellington

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New Zealand's national museum is hard to miss, taking up a sizeable chunk of the Wellington waterfront. ‘Te Papa Tongarewa’ loosely translates as ‘treasure box’ and the riches inside include an amazing collection of Māori artefacts and the museum’s own colourful marae (meeting place); natural history and environment exhibitions; Pacific and NZ history galleries; themed hands-on ‘discovery centres’ for children; and Toi Art, a revitalised home for the National Art Collection, which opened in 2018. Big-name temporary exhibitions incur an admission fee, although general admission is free.

Introductory and Māori Highlights tours depart from the information desk on level two; it pays to book ahead.