Vehicle access: Our vehicle entrance will be reduced to one lane from 25 July until the end of November 2022, due to the construction of a new set of traffic lights outside Te Papa.
Info about vehicle access to Te Papa 25 Jul – Nov 2022

License footage Te manapāho

Please note, there is a backlog of approximately 8-10 weeks for Media Sales & Licensing requests/queries. We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.


License our captivating live and animated video footage, along with photos from our archives and stock photography. Our audiovisual materials include:

  • archival film
  • science and research footage captured on our field trips
  • interviews with our experts
  • time-lapse footage of our museum and exhibitions in action.

Enquiries and costs

Think we may have video footage you’d like to licence?



We have many hours of footage available to license. Here are just a few highlights.

Deep sea

Filmed at seven locations around New Zealand, our experts captured video footage of sea life at depths of 50–1500 metres. From the amazing hagfish defence mechanism to squid grappling, and rare sharks swimming right up to the camera. We have many hours of recordings available.

In the museum 

From time-lapse sequences showing exhibitions being installed, to insightful presentations by experts, our museum footage covers the artistic to the scientific and everything between.


Search and Destroy is a journey into the world of the humpback whale and giant squid. In for a Swim shows the evolution of whales from land mammals in just over a minute. We have a variety of animated films available to license.


Browse through more videos on our YouTube channel.