Planning a self-guided visit

All exhibition areas of Te Papa are open to school groups. If Te Papa staff are delivering a programme, please explore another area until they are finished.

Getting here

Te Papa is located on Cable Street on Wellington’s waterfront.

By train – You can walk to Te Papa from Wellington’s railway station in 20 minutes.

By bus – A bus lane for drop-off and pick-up is directly outside.

By car – When travelling south into the city, take the Aotea Quay exit from the Wellington motorway. Continue along Waterloo, Customhouse, and Jervois Quays, which lead directly into Cable Street. 

Getting to Te Papa

Parking at Te Papa

School bags

We have limited bag storage so we ask that bags be left at school or on the bus, alternatively share bags. 

Student safety

We require you to bring the following number of adults to supervise your students.

ECE: One adult for every 3 students.

Primary: One adult for every six students.

Secondary: One adult for every ten students.   

Please supervise your students closely as they explore Te Papa as you are responsible for your students’ safety. Take particular care near high walkways, bridges, water, and in Bush City.

Safety of exhibition objects

Please remind your students not to touch exhibition objects as they can’t be replaced. Displays that allow interaction are labelled. Also ensure that students use only pencil for sketching and taking notes.

Food and drinks

Food and drinks (including bottled water) are not allowed in exhibition areas. This policy protects our collection and maintains the principle of tapu around Māori taonga.

Lunch spaces

We have a great outdoor area where you can eat lunch in fine weather. In bad weather, please ask one of our Te Papa Hosts if a space is available for eating indoors. 

Wheelchair access and parents’ rooms

All our main exhibition areas, some special attractions, and most toilets are accessible to people in wheelchairs. Parents’ rooms are located in Te Papa Cafe (Level 1) and beside StoryPlace (Level 2).

Find out more about accessibility and facilities.


If you have any questions, please contact the Education Coordinator on (04) 381 7443

Map of Te Papa