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Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)

55 Cable St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-381 7000
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Ranked #2 of 146 attractions in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: Experience the whole of New Zealand in one building! Te Papa is New Zealand's bold, innovative and interactive national museum. Explore the great... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Is a nice touch having people to welcome you on your arrival and guide you if needed. Te Papa is one of those central spots you always think if when you think of Wellington and is always a 'must visit'. It takes you into another world and everything is professionally presented and displayed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This is a must for anyone travelling to Wellington or indeed NZ. Biggest recommendation is to spend a few half days focusing on different levels in the museum. There is seriously something for the whole family and you won't be able to see everything!!

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I'm not a huge fan of museums but Te Papa is very good. There's many interesting exhibits and the place is huge so you can spend a fair bit of time there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I did the 1 hour 'Introduction to Te Papa' tour for $14 ($12 for students) and it was great. I arrived around 10:30am and had breakfast in the restaurant downstairs before joining the next tour, no trouble at all at midday. There were only 4 people on my tour which surprised me as the museum was so busy. Our guide... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Children can learn by many activitys. And adults also enjoy here

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

When I first arrived in NZ I really had very little knowledge of the place. This is a great place to start! From the natural to the political and everything in between. It gave me a perfect start in the culture of the country and best of all ITS FREE!

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Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Such a beautiful and well maintained museum. A must-do, even for non-museum folks. You learn a lot, and it's so fun! Context: My husband and I, who are in our late 20s/early 30s and without kids, enjoyed this until closing time!

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Knebworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

It delivers what you'd expect being an excellent museum of NZ, and admission is free. As a Briton though I must admit to being saddened as the deep and strong bonds between our two countries seem to be ever loosened. We both lose out from this process.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was a highlight of our time in Wellington. We went with our toddler & 8 month old and their grandparents. There was stuff for everyone! Our double pram fit everywhere - very access friendly. Very focused on Maori culture which was interesting for us as Australians.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I visited the Te Papa one afternoon and had a great time. There are some superb exhibitions and items on show, and very imformative. I especially liked the dinosaurs/animals section where they have some huge skeletons of sea mammals and some great replications of New Zealand native animals, the taxidermy on the birds was great! Lots of things to see,... More

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