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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Guided Tour

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Guided Tour

From US$ 12.98 per person

Take an introductory 1-hour guided tour in English or Mandarin of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. After your tour, you are free to explore the extensive collection at your own pace.

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Duration 1 hour
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  • Explore Te Papa Tongarewa with an expert guide on 1-hour introductory tour
  • Gain an overview of the extensive collections so you can better explore on your own
  • Learn about Maori cultural heritage, colonial history, traditions and art
Full description
This introductory 1-hour guided tour is the perfect way to gain an overview of Te Papa’s highlights, Maori treasures, and New Zealand history. It is ideal if you have limited time or would like an introduction for an extended visit!  In central Wellington, you're rarely more than a 20-minute walk away from The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, a cultural history museum located on the waterfront. Join a tour in either English or Mandarin led by a friendly, knowledgeable guide to make the most of your visit. The guides are highly trained, with a knack for bringing the stories of New Zealand's places and people to life. Tours available in English or Mandarin.  Learn about Maori history, traditions, and art. View photography and natural science displays, come face-to-face with the largest and only colossal squid on display in the world. Enjoy high-tech interactive exhibits, art and design galleries, and the living, growing exhibition of Bush City. After the tour, use your entry ticket to explore the museum further at your own pace. There is plenty to see and you are welcome to stay as long as you like. Rest and recharge at one of the onsite cafes and browse for a souvenir at the gift stores.
  • Museum entry ticket
  • 1-hour guided tour
  • Expert, friendly guide
  • Live commentary in English

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    Meeting point

    Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington, New Zealand Enter the museum and head straight up the stairs to the Information Desk on Level 2. Present your voucher to the staff at the Information Desk at least 10 minutes prior to your tour departure.

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    Know before you go

    • Tours are only available in English
    • The museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, except Christmas Day
    • Children under 5 years old are free of charge, all participants require a ticket
    • The museum is easily accessible by foot, bus, train or car from central Wellington
    • Outdoor and covered parking is available onsite for a fee
    • Wheelchairs can be hired free of charge on site, subject to availability
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 15 reviews

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    Robbie Tichtner was very knowledgeable and friendly to us.

    October 17, 2022

    The initial one hour tour was fabulous to get your bearings. There is so much to see.

    November 22, 2019

    Musical Maori Evening!

    I didn’t expect great music along with the percussion and dancing—what an amazing surprise. The opening ceremony was cool, the musical program outstanding, and the food, while basic, was tasty and generous. We actually got to see them take the food out of the smoke pit. Great, unique event!

    July 28, 2019

    Product ID: 120605