Private tours He haerenga motuhake

Coming with a group or want an intimate tour experience? Enjoy a private tour in your preferred language and theme.

  • Where
    Meet in the Entrance Foyer, Level 1
  • Cost Various
  • Duration 60 or 90 minutes
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Choose one of the tours below, and in the booking form tell us about your interests and desired focus so we can tailor your tour specifically to your needs.

Tours are delivered in English. Please get in touch if you would prefer that your tour is delivered another language (subject to availability).

Minimum booking notice: Three days (one month’s notice recommended for foreign language tours).

Private Te Papa Highlights Tour

Learn how Aotearoa New Zealand came to be, and what the future holds for this island nation, on a private guided tour of the national museum. Explore our diverse natural environment, the continued growth of Māori culture, and what the national art collection has to say about living in New Zealand.

60-minute tour

Cost (1–7 adults): $175
Additional adult: $25pp
Additional child (5–15 years): $12.50pp

90-minute tour

Cost (1–7 adults): $210
Additional adult: $30pp
Additional child (5–15 years): $15pp

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Private Mana Māori Tour

He toi whakairo, he mana tangata
Where there is excellence, there is human dignity

Experience the living and breathing taonga

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 of te iwi taketake te iwi taketakefirst peoples of the landMāori. From great journeys across vast oceans to hopeful visions for the 21st century, these taonga speak to historical and contemporary Māori perspectives. Gain a deeper understanding of the intricate details found in a diverse range of handcrafted tools and structures with your own personal Te Papa guide.

60-minute tour

Cost (1–7 adults): $175
Additional adult: $25pp
Additional child (5–15 years): $12.50pp

90-minute tour

Cost (1–7 adults): $210
Additional adult: $30pp
Additional child (5–15 years): $15pp

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Private Māori Experience Kīnaki Tour

Take an in-depth journey to discover Te Papa’s taonga and hear their stories for insights into Māori culture. From historic, artistic, and contemporary perspectives, this tour will enrich your understanding of what makes New Zealand’s Māori culture unique. The tour concludes with kapu tī – a hot drink and traditionally inspired food.

This hospitality is an important part of Māori culture and provides an ideal opportunity for further informal conversation with your Host.

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost (1-7 adults): $455
Additional adult: $65pp
Additional child (5–15 years): $45pp

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Private Art Narratives Tour 

Uncover more about Aotearoa New Zealand’s young history on a guided tour of the Toi Art, Te Papa’s art gallery. Discover highlights from the national art collection, from historic to contemporary works, and gain insights into key influences that have shaped more than 1,000 years of New Zealand art and visual culture. Delivered by a dedicated Toi Art host, see how New Zealand’s artistic identity has evolved over time.

Duration: 60 minutes
Cost (1–7 adults): $175
Additional adult: $25pp
Additional child (5–15 years): $12.50pp

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Private Accessibility Tour

Duration: 90 minutes
Adult cost: $30
Child cost: $15
Caregiver/companion: free of charge

All costs are valid until 30 June 2022. Under-fives go free. Costs are shown in New Zealand dollars and include tax. Foreign-language and accessibility tours are subject to availability. 

All our tours a wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly.