Te Papa is open. Welcome back, Aotearoa. Important information about visiting Te Papa
Kei te tuwhera a Te Papa. Nau mai, hoki mai Aotearoa. He mōhiohio nā Te Papa mō te Kowheori-19
In central Wellington you’re rarely more than 20 minutes’ walk from Te Papa. Below is all the information you need to find us, from driving straight to into our carpark, to walking from the cruise ship terminal.
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
55 Cable Street, PO Box 467
In central Wellington you’re rarely more than 20 minutes’ walk from Te Papa. You’ll find us on the waterfront, right in the heart of Wellington.
Enjoy a five-minute stroll from the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, or a 20-minute walk from the railway station. Many bus stops in the city are just a few minutes’ walk away too.
Most Wellington buses (including those from the airport and railway station) stop along Courtenay Place and Willis Street. From these stops, it’s just a few minutes’ walk to Te Papa.
Private tour and ‘hop on, hop off’ buses stop outside the museum.
The waterfront around Te Papa is bicycle and kick scooter friendly. Please don't bring them inside the museum but park your bike or kick scooter at our racks – found behind Quake Braker, near our main entrance. We loan out padlocks at Coat and Bag which you can use to lock up your scooter.
From Wellington Railway Station it’s a 20-minute walk to Te Papa. Alternatively, you can catch a bus or taxi nearby.
Take the Aotea Quay exit when driving south into central Wellington along the SH1 motorway. Continue along Waterloo, Customhouse, and Jervois Quays, which lead directly into Cable Street and Te Papa’s convenient car park.
Wellington Combined Taxis have a stand outside Te Papa.
Your cruise ship may run a shuttle bus to the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Information Centre. From there it’s just five minutes’ walk to Te Papa via the waterfront.
On a fine day, enjoy a 30- to 45-minute stroll along the beautiful Wellington waterfront, straight from the cruise ship terminal. Simply follow the harbour’s edge and you can’t miss us.
You can catch a taxi or Airport Flyer bus from Wellington Airport to Te Papa, or follow the directions below to drive here.
Driving time: About 15 minutes
Our staff are based at two main Wellington locations.