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.
He toi whakairo, he mana tangata Where there is excellence, there is human dignity
Experience the living and breathing taonga
taongatreasuresMāori | noun 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.
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.
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.