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Wellington and the Wairarapa Sights

Te Papa Tongarewa–Museum of New Zealand

  • 55 Cable St.
  • Wellington
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 02/18/2014

Fodor's Review

Te Papa Tongarewa provides an essential introduction to the country's people, cultures, landforms, flora, and fauna. Unusual exhibits include a simulated earthquake and a visit to a marae (Māori meetinghouse), where a pōwhiri (Māori greeting involving song and speeches) welcomes you. You can explore an outdoor forest area with moa (the extinct, ostrichlike native bird), bones, and glowworms or delve into the stories of New Zealand's early European migrants.

In the Time Warp area, a sort of theme park where most activities have additional fees, you can simulate a bungy jump or leap three generations ahead to Wellington, 2055. Four discovery centers allow children to weave, hear storytelling, and learn a bit of Māori through song.

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Sight Information


55 Cable St., Wellington, 6011, New Zealand



Sight Details:

  • Free; some exhibitions cost up to NZ$12
  • Daily 10–6, Thurs. 10–9

Updated 02/18/2014


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Feb 4, 2010

Te Papa Tongarewa-Museum of New Zealand Review

An interesting hands-on museum for children. Not the "wow" factor I expected for adults and rather skimpy on information. I found other museums, like in Rotorua, more informative. This one is more multimedia and entertainment.

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