Te Papa’s role is to be a forum for Aotearoa New Zealand to present, explore, and preserve the heritage of its culture and knowledge. Spread over six floors, journey through our innovative exhibitions and experience the history and cultures of our country.
Beginning over one hundred million years ago, Te Papa tells the story of New Zealand’s resilient wildlife, the taonga (treasures) of Māori iwi (tribes), and artistic interpretations of life in the South Pacific displayed throughout the national art collection. From great journeys across vast oceans to hopeful visions for the 21st century, explore what makes this museum and country so unique.
Get even more out of your visit and ensure you don’t miss a thing by joining us on a guided tour of the museum. Whether you’re on a tight itinerary or want to make the most out of trip, our range of tours will give you valuable insight into the vibrant landscapes and cultures you’ll encounter around New Zealand.
Te Papa is offering prize winners of the Ultimate Virtual Race NZ a truly special experience on the Māori Experience Kīnaki Tour – an opportunity to experience the diverse stories of te iwi taketake (the first peoples of the land) and Māori-inspired refreshments.
Kimihia tō wāhi, rapua ō taonga i Te Papa – Find your place, discover your treasures at Te Papa.