Discovery Centres
Te Papa Tamariki

It’s play time! Families get hands-on with educational exhibits, games, and books.

Ages: Up to 12 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult
Times: 10am–6pm, every day of the year
Cost: Free

Discover one of Wellington’s best educational activities for children and families – Te Papa’s Discovery Centres.

Explore, touch, play, ask questions, research, and learn. Pick a room to suit your whānau’s interests, then get hands-on with educational exhibits, games, and books.

Ask a friendly Host  for help with ideas and information, or delve deeper into each subject with our themed reference books and magazines. Discovery Centres are so much more than play areas …

NatureSpace, Level 2

Step inside a dinosaur footprint, crawl into a whale heart, inspect an insect under a microscope, find a fossil, and much more. At NatureSpace Discovery Centre, our natural environment takes centre stage!

Girls playing in the model whale heart, 2015. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa

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Girls playing in the model whale heart, 2015. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa

Te Huka ā Tai, Level 4

Celebrate te ao Māori (the Māori world) at Te Huka ā Tai Discovery Centre. Try your hand at weaving, play games with tī rākau, dress up and practise poi, and walk on stilts. Taonga old and new are on display, and you can find reference books in the research room.

Manu-aute kite, titled ’Kimihia Te Manu Kahu’, 1997, by Papahuia Flax Papers Artist Collective. Purchased 1998. Te Papa (ME016932)

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Manu-aute kite, titled ’Kimihia Te Manu Kahu’, 1997, by Papahuia Flax Papers Artist Collective. Purchased 1998. Te Papa (ME016932)

Inspiration Station, Level 4

Ogle at our Big Baby, the ‘It’ Monster, and the ever-changing display of Delectable Collectables at Inspiration Station Discovery Centre. Fun art and history activities include playing shop in the Kiwi Corner Store, and creating a Flash New You with our funky range of dress ups.

PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4

Bang a drum or strum a ukulele, make a lei, or just chill out with a good book. PlaNet Pasifika showcases the diversity of expression and creativity among the people of Pacific Island nations.

Learn about different celebrations, body adornment and the cultural importance of tattoo, as well as tīvaevae and tapa.

PlaNet Pasifika 2015. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa

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PlaNet Pasifika 2015. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa