Parking
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Information on where to park, how to pay, what vehicles we can cater for, and for how long.

During school term save money with our weekday parking specials.

Fees

 You can pay with cash, Eftpos, or credit card (Amex, Mastercard, or Visa). All fees go towards supporting the museum. Apologies but we cannot reserve spaces in advance.

Daytime, 8am–5pm

  • $4 per hour, up to a maximum of $20
  • Lost ticket fee: $40

Evening and overnight

  • 5pm–8am: $2 per hour (up to $6 when exiting before 2am, or up to $20 before 8am)
  • 24-hour maximum: $30
  • Lost ticket fee: $40

How to pay

  1. At the entry gate take a ticket.
  2. Just before leaving go to a pay station and use cash (change is provided) or card to pay.
  3. Drive to the exit gate and present your ticket.

 

Longer stays

If you leave your vehicle for longer than 24 hours without permission, we will clamp or tow it at your cost.

  • Clamping fee: $40
  • Vehicle moving fee: $75

Contact us if you wish to park for more than 24 hours
Parking terms and conditions

Parking map

Parking at Te Papa map

Parking for visitors with disabilities

Park close to our ground-floor entrance at one of five accessible car park spaces:

  • two uncovered
  • three covered.

See the parking map above. Parking cannot be reserved in advance.

Access and facilities for people with disabilities

Campervans and motorhomes

If the length of your campervan is 6.5 metres or less you will be able to fit into one of our standard carpark spaces – please note that we do not have a designated parking area for campervans. Due to the height restrictions of the undercover car park you will only be able to park your campervan outside.

Parking cannot be reserved.

Bicycles and kick scooters

You can park your bicycle or scooter at our racks – found behind Quake Braker, near our main entrance. Bring your own lock.

Motorcycles and motor scooters

Parking is available near the exit to our covered car park.

Tour and school buses

Park your tour coach or school bus in our bus lane for free while your group visits Te Papa.

  • Parking cannot be reserved.
  • Buses cannot park overnight in the bus lane.

Drop-offs and pick-ups

Use the designated area at our main Cable Street entrance.