ParkingTe tauranga waka

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


Take a ticket OR use a contactless payment card to enter. 

Taking a ticket? Pay at a pay station (Eftpos, credit card, cash) or at the exit (card only).
Using a contactless card? You don’t need a ticket. Pay by tapping the same card at the exit.

All fees go towards supporting the museum.

Day parking fees, 8.00am–5.00pm 
15 minutes No charge
Up to 4 hours$4 per hour
After 4 hours$6 per hour
Maximum per day$40
Evening and overnight 
Per hour$2
Maximum per night$24
Evening special 
Arrive after 5pm, leave by 2am$8
Lost ticket fee$60
Clamping fee$60

How to pay

At the entry gate take a ticket, or alternatively use your payment card (New Zealand cards only) to enter the car park (no ticket is required if you use your card to enter the car park).

When you go to exit the car park:

  • If you used your payment card to enter the car park, use the same card at the exit gate. Please take a receipt to lift the exit barrier arm.

  • If you took a ticket to enter the car park, either go to a pay station and use cash, EFTPOS, or credit card to pay and then drive to the exit gate and present your ticket, or, if you have a payment card, you can go straight to the exit, insert your parking ticket and then use your card to pay for your parking at the exit gate.

Longer stays

Parking for longer than 24 hours is not permitted. We will clamp or tow your vehicle at your cost.

  • Clamping fee: $60

Parking map

Download the parking map (96.62 KB)

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

Small campervans

If the length of your campervan is less than 6.5 metres 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 scooters

You can park your bicycle or scooter at our racks near our main entrance. We loan out padlocks for scooters free of charge. Speak to a Host in the Entrance Foyer when you arrive.

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.

Parking terms and conditions

  • You must follow any directions you are given, either personally or on signs, notices, or road markings.

  • You must pay the charge we set for parking on our property.

  • At your expense, we may tow, clamp, or move your vehicle if it is parked in breach of these conditions. This includes being parked on or over a yellow line, or in a manner which obstructs any other vehicle or access way.

  • If after 30 days you have not paid the costs of removing and storing your vehicle, we may sell it and its contents to pay those costs.

  • The longest you may park your vehicle in the car park is 24 hours, unless you have made earlier arrangements with us. If you leave your vehicle for longer than 24 hours, we may tow it at your cost.

  • If your vehicle has been clamped or towed away, on payment of the penalty fee, we will release it to any person who produces a car park ticket issued by us, or some other evidence of ownership that is satisfactory to us.

  • Your vehicle must have a current warrant of fitness and motor vehicle registration. It must be roadworthy and not present a danger to other vehicles, persons, or property.

  • You park at your own risk. We are not liable for any injury to you or any other person or for loss or damage to property.

  • You are liable for any damage to the car park caused by your vehicle.

  • You must indemnify us against any claim or loss we suffer as a result of your use of our property or that of any person you are responsible for.

Definitions in these conditions

  • Cost – includes any fees or charges that we incur or that are charged by us, including GST.

  • Damage – includes direct, indirect, consequential, and special demands.

  • Vehicle – means any motor vehicle (including accessories and contents) of the kind permitted in the car park, as described in the conditions.

  • We, our, and us – means the Museum New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Board and includes its employees, agents, and independent contractors.

  • You – means the driver of a vehicle entering this car park.