• As experienced functions managers, the Te Papa team provides a robust template which covers all details of organising an event. Their support and attention to detail made all the difference in the smooth running and effectiveness of each conference – as well as the enjoyment of the organising team!
    Angela Ryan, Director, Mana Education Centre. 21 February 2011
  • As well as the impeccably able staff, the spaces that Te Papa offers for events are superb. The presentation of the spaces and amenities is of a consistently high standard which raised the sophistication and atmosphere surrounding our conference.
    Angela Ryan, Director, Mana Education Centre. 21 February 2011
  • Te Papa have a wonderful team of Conference and Event professionals, fantastic catering, and onsite facilities that are second to none. In choosing a venue for my clients I need to ensure that all will run smoothly, after all – it’s my reputation on the line. Te Papa is therefore a first choice venue for me.
  • The Te Papa team has the attitude that each Conference or Event is special and will therefore strive to make sure it is a success.
    Dean Bradley
    Convention Management New Zealand Ltd
  • We always receive such positive feedback from our delegates, who never fail to have a great experience at Te Papa. It's definitely a venue with a difference with an ideal central, waterfront location.
    Michelle Kane, Conference Manager, Conference and Events Ltd
  • Te Papa definitely has the WOW factor and helps attract delegates to conferences. The spaces are great to work in, the staff always extremely helpful and the food is first class.
    Louise Watson, Conference Manager, Conference and Events Ltd
  • The event went off without a hitch and the feedback from all who were there has been overwhelmingly positive. The overall experience with Te Papa has been wonderful - the planning and professionalism through to the execution cannot be faulted.
    Grant, Ellie, Shalimar and the GJ Gardner Team. 28 February 2013
  • We had our wedding reception in the icon room and we couldn't have asked for a better experience.
    Angela Prestidge - Bride
  • We had a wonderful experience holding our wedding at Te Papa! From the booking process to the big day itself, we found the staff to be most helpful, knowledgeable, and accommodating. We initially booked Icon at Te Papa for our reception but after realizing that our wedding fell on the same day as the Homegrown concert, we decided to hold our ceremony there as well. Glenn Lust did a fantastic job coordinating the day. He found a stunning space for the cocktail hour while Icon was switched over from ceremony to reception area. Meanwhile we took our photos in the beautiful backdrop of Te Papa’s pond, which was nicely secluded from the concertgoers. The food was absolutely perfect! Every dish was cooked to perfection and our guests still talk about it! Glenn and his team executed our vision perfectly and we are thrilled to recommend Te Papa to anyone looking to hold their party in a stylish venue operated by highly skilled and talented people!
    Julie Anne & Matthew

Parking for functions 

When you park at Te Papa, you’re helping to fund the Museum’s programme of research, conservation, exhibitions, and education. Open or covered parking spaces are available 7 days a week. The car park also includes spaces for visitors with disabilities and for tour buses.

Please ask about our parking discounts for groups using our conference facilities.

Take a parking ticket at the barrier arm to enter.

Parking fees

Charges apply 24 hours a day. If you are attending a function or conference at Te Papa, you can receive a discounted parking rate by prior arrangement. Please ask your event organiser or manager to enquire with their Te Papa Function Coordinator at least 1 week before the function.

How to pay

Take your ticket with you after you park. You can pay before returning to your car:

At an Auto Pay Station

There are two parking pay stations – one outside and one just inside the entrance to the underneath car park.

  • By credit card (Amex, MasterCard, or Visa)
  • By cash (change provided)

(There is an automatic teller machine [ATM] in the main entrance of the Museum, available during opening hours.)

Or pay at the exit

  • By credit card only (Amex, MasterCard, or Visa)

Fast Pay – quick and hassle free

Instead of taking a ticket, simply insert your credit card or debit credit card at the car park entrance column when you arrive.

On leaving, insert the same card at the exit. You don’t need to go to an Auto Pay Station. A receipt will print automatically when you leave.

More information about parking at Te Papa

Model Vehicles, circa 1950, Meccano, England. Te Papa

Let us look after your next function: Call us on (04) 381 7272 or get in touch through our enquiry form.