It’s easy to be the perfect host at Te Papa – there’s so much for your guests to see and do. Here are some other ideas to help make your event or function extra special.
A pōwhiri (Māori welcome) on Te Papa’s marae is a powerful and moving way to welcome your guests and launch your conference or event. Pōwhiri take about 1 hour and are generally held Monday to Friday between 8 and 10am, although early evening pōwhiri can be arranged. A flat fee applies to cover costs.
Exhibitions and tours
All our exhibitions are available for private viewing outside museum operating hours, in conjunction with a private function. This includes our exciting programme of short-term touring exhibitions. Group tours are popular for partners’ programmes and evening functions – they can provide a welcome break during a lengthy meeting schedule.
Te Papa has plenty of spaces where your guests can chill out and chat. Te Papa Cafe on the ground floor is a vibrant, family-friendly cafe offering great food and drink, including espresso coffee, wine, and beer. It’s open every day of the year from 9am to 5pm.
Level 4 Espresso is a great place to relax in the heart of the museum and enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine and a snack. Espresso is also open every day of the year from 10am to 5.30pm, and 10am to 8.30pm on Thursdays.
Whether you’re shopping for a gift or a memento for yourself, you'll find something special in Te Papa’s fabulous shops. Te Papa Store on Level 1 features works by New Zealand’s finest artists, authors, and craftspeople. Choose the perfect treasure to take home from our range of artworks, books, clothing, and Te Papa-branded souvenirs. Te Papa Store is open from 9am to 6pm, and 9am to 9pm on Thursdays.
You can also shop online at our Te Papa store
Te Papa Kids’ Store on Level 2 is full of educational, fun, and distinctively New Zealand gifts for kids – books, dress-ups, puzzles, toys, and more. It’s open from 10am to 6pm, and 10am to 9pm on Thursdays.