Guided tours
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Our friendly and knowledgeable Hosts are highly trained, with a knack for bringing the stories of New Zealand’s places and people to life.

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Available tour languages

Tours are available primarily available in English and Mandarin.

For tours in Māori, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, or Arabic please request a private tour using the booking form

Gallipoli: The scale of our war – early bird

Time: Daily at 9.05am and 9.30am
Duration: As long as you like (we close at 6pm)
Cost: 9.05am $15 per adult and $15 per child
9.30am $15 per adult and $10 per child. Use the calendar below to make your booking 

Explore Gallipoli: The scale of our war before our doors open to the public at 10am. You’ll receive a short introduction from a Te Papa Host, then wander freely at your own pace.

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Use the calendar below to make your booking.

Introducing Te Papa tour

Times, summer (1 Nov – 31 Mar): Daily at 10.15am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm
Times, winter (1 Apr – 31 Oct): Daily at 10.15am, 12 noon, and 2pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: Adult $16, child (5–15 years) $8

The perfect way to get an overview of Te Papa’s highlights, Māori taongataonga treasures, and New Zealand history. Ideal for visitors with limited time or wanting an introduction for an extended visit.

Māori Highlights Tour

Time: Daily at 2pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: Adult $16, child (5–15 years) $8

Take an in-depth journey to discover Te Papa’s taongataonga treasures 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.

Twilight Express Tour

Time: Daily at 5pm
Duration: 45 minutes
Cost: Adult $12, child (5–15 years) $6

Arrived late in the day? Discover Te Papa’s highlights in this express tour – perfect if you’re short on time.

Mandarin Highlights Tour 蒂帕帕精华之旅

Time: Daily at 11.30am, Monday to Saturday
Duration: 60 minutes
Cost: Adult/成人每位 $16, child (5–15 years)/每位 (5–15岁) $8

通​​​过​​​生​​​动​​​翔​​​实​​​的​​​中​​​文​​​讲​​​解​​​,​​​让​​​您​​​进​​​一​​​步​​​了​​​解​​​新​​​西​​​兰​​​的​​​历​​​史​​​文​​​化​​​,​​​聆​​​听​​​馆​​​藏​​​珍​​​宝​​​背​​​后​​​的​​​故​​​事​​​,​​​体​​​验​​​世​​​界​​​一​​​流​​​的​​​互​​​动​​​式​​​博​物​馆​。

Mandarin Te Papa and Weta Workshop Combo首都创意文化之旅

Time: Daily at 9am, Tuesday to Saturday
Duration: Approximately 4 hours
Cost: Adult/成人每位 $99

蒂​帕​帕​联​手​影​视​制​作​机​构​维​塔​工​作​室​,​带​您​探​索​首​都​惠​灵​顿​精​彩​独​特​的​文​化​创​意​之​旅​​​,​内​含​交​通​、​两​大​景​点​中​文​导览,以及在蒂帕帕餐厅享用精美的新西兰特色午餐。

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Private tours

Coming with a group or want an intimate tour experience? Enjoy a private, customised tour in your preferred language. Choose a theme below, and in the booking form tell us about your interests, desired focus, and any disabilities or dietary requirements. 

Minimum booking notice: Three days (one month’s notice recommended for accessibility, special interest, and foreign language tours).

Available languages: English, Māori, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, and Mandarin

Te Papa Highlights Tour

60-minute tour

Cost (up to 7 adults): $112
Additional adult: $16
Additional child (5–15 years): $8

90-minute tour

Cost (up to 7 adults): $154
Additional adult: $22
Additional child (5–15 years): $11

Experience selected Te Papa collection highlights (60 minutes) or an in-depth tour (90 minutes) for an overview of what makes New Zealand unique. Explore our diverse natural environment, Māori culture and taonga, and our art and colonial history. Discover this vibrant land, its dynamic culture, and the spirit of its people.

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Private Māori Highlights tour

60-minute tour

Cost (up to 7 adults): $112
Additional adult: $16
Additional child (5–15 years): $8

90-minute tour

Cost (up to 7 adults): $154
Additional adult: $22
Additional child (5–15 years): $11

Experience selected highlights (60 minutes) or take an in-depth journey (90 minutes) through 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.

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Private Māori Experience Kapu Tī Tour

Duration: 90 minutes
Cost (up to 7 adults): $350
Additional adult: $50
Additional child (5–15 years): $35

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.

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Private Art Highlights tour

Duration: 60 minutes
Cost (up to 7 adults): $154
Additional adult: $22
Additional child (5–15 years): $10

Discover highlights of the national art collection in a tour of Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa featuring some of New Zealand’s most significant art works. From historic to contemporary works, gain insights into key influences that have shaped more than 1,000 years of New Zealand art and visual culture.

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Private accessibility and special interest tours

60-minute tour

Cost (up to 7 adults): $112
Additional adult: $16
Additional child (5–15 years): $8

90-minute tour

Cost (up to 7 adults): $154
Additional adult: $22
Additional child (5–15 years): $11

We offer engaging, accessible tours for people with disabilities, and tailored tours for groups with a special interest. These tours are subject to availability – we recommend booking at least one month in advance.

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Te Papa tour rates 2016-2018 (5.34 MB) (Costs are valid until 30 June 2018. Under-fives go free. Prices are shown in New Zealand dollars and include tax. All foreign-language, special interest, and accessibility tours are subject to availability).

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