Te Papa Wellington Harbour View. Photohraph by Michael Hall.Te Papa.2010

First-time visitors 

First-time visitors, don’t miss our exhibition highlights – from the story of Māori in New Zealand to the national art collection.   

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Te Pap entrance

Te Papa entrance

The Colossal Squid

See the heaviest colossal squid ever caught and the only complete one on display in the world. Build a virtual squid from home and then come and find it in exhibition.
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Ngā Toi Arts Te Papa

Discover the national art collection: 11 galleries, 100's of art works, hours of inspiration.
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Mana Whenua

Explore the world of Māori as tangata whenua – the first settlers of Aotearoa New Zealand.
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Awesome Forces

Shake things up in the Earthquake House! Discover the powerful geological forces that shape New Zealand’s landscape.
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Mountains to Sea

From kiwi to kauri, explore the variety of New Zealand’s animals and plants.
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Te Marae

Welcome to our unique Marae (communal meeting place), designed and created by leading Māori artists. Te Marae embodies the bicultural partnership at the heart of Te Papa.
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Golden Days

Enter a junk shop that transports you through 100 years of New Zealand history on film.
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Audio guide

Our audio guide offers fascinating commentary on Te Papa's taonga (cultural treasures). Available from the Information Desk, Level 2, in English, Māori, and German.

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