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Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)

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Address: 55 Cable St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-381 7000
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Description: Experience the whole of New Zealand in one building! Te Papa is New...
Experience the whole of New Zealand in one building! Te Papa is New Zealand's bold, innovative and interactive national museum. Explore the great treasures and stories of this country, its unique natural environment, Maori culture and taonga (treasures), dynamic art heritage, and its fascinating history. Te Papa is located on Wellington's spectacular waterfront. Open every day from 10am to 6pm and until 9pm on Thursdays. General admission is free.
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A 'must do' in Wellington

Going to Te Papa is not so much an 'if' question, but how often. We stopped by on our most recent visit to Wellington (having picked up a few things at the Sunday Farmers' Market... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Masterton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Going to Te Papa is not so much an 'if' question, but how often. We stopped by on our most recent visit to Wellington (having picked up a few things at the Sunday Farmers' Market first). There is always something new to explore and the permanent exhibitions are always worth a second/third/fourth look. The feature of this trip was the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Friendly staffs, interesting displays, educating, huge, and free excellent WiFi. Above all, free entrance. Thus, you don't need to set aside one whole day or whole afternoon, to explore this museum. Because I already had plans for the morning, I divided my visit into two. An hour before the closing time, and then another one hour the next evening. Honestly,... More 

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Otorohanga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Fantastic visit, our daughter love it and so did we. Parking right outside the building so vey handy. A must do.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Over the weekend and monday we visited twice to take in everything we could . Saturday was a living hell with the share amount of kids screaming and running. Monday however was just wonderful and we got to take in every floor plus the lovely view from the terrace.

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Melbourne, Australia
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

A great museum with some interesting displays on relevant issues for the area. Worth a stop if you like giant squid as well!

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

nice pace to spende few hours walikng and learning around. staff very friendly my baby love this place and i did too

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went without the children so quite a different experience. The displays were good, really enjoyed the Air New Zealand exhibition. Didn't have time to queue for the Gallipoli exhibition missed it.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

whats not to like about te papa? there is something for everyone, really enjoyed the Air New Zealand Exhibit and the Pacifica one, every time I go I get to see a little more .. always worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Excellent exhibition, very sobering. The figurines are unbelievable life like. Would recommend the early-bird entry to avoid the crowds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This was a revelation! Lots of stuff about the early settlers, the maoris, early transport & even a giant squid! All presented in a really modern, yet fascinating, way. Could easily have spent the whole day here. The Air New Zealand virtual reality is a must & shows you the future of air travel (can't wait!). Ideal for a rainy... More 

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Additional Information about Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)

Address: 55 Cable St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-381 7000
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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