Parking at Te Papa

When you park at Te Papa, you're helping to fund the Museum’s programme of research, conservation, exhibitions, and education. Our self-service car park operates 24/7 and includes a fully monitored, secure, covered parking area. Simply pay at the Automatic Pay Station when you leave, any time of day or night.

Please take a parking ticket at the barrier arm to enter.

Quick facts

  • Self-service and 24/7
  • Pay with cash, eftpos, or credit card
  • Under cover and outside
  • 24/7 on-site security
  • You are contributing to the Museum! 



Parking fees
How to pay
Parking for visitors with disabilities
Tour and school buses
Parking for function attendees
Terms and conditions

Parking fees

Charges apply 24 hours a day, except for tour and school buses.

Day-time parking: 8am–5pm

0–15 min

No charge

0.5 hr min


1 hr


1.5 hrs


2 hrs


2.5 hrs


3 hrs


3.5 hrs


4 hrs


4.5 hrs


Maximum day fee (until 5pm)


Night-time parking: 5pm–8am

5pm – 2am per hour


Maximum night fee


 Evening special (arrive after 5pm, leave by 2am)


Other charges

Maximum 24 hour fee


Lost ticket fee


Clamping fee


Vehicle moving fee


How to pay

Take your ticket with you after you park. You can pay in various ways.

Pay at an Automatic Pay Station before returning to your car

  • By Eftpos
  • By credit card (Amex, MasterCard, or Visa) 
  • By cash (change is provided)

 There is an automatic teller machine (ATM) in the main entrance of the Museum, available during opening hours.

Pay at the exit

Pay by credit card only (Amex, MasterCard, or Visa).

Fast Pay – quick and hassle free

Instead of taking a ticket, simply insert your credit card or debit card at the car park entrance column when you arrive.

Insert the same card at the exit. You don’t need to go to an Automatic Pay Station. A receipt will print automatically.

Parking for visitors with disabilities

We offer five disability car parks:

  • two on the left as you enter the car park
  • three on the left as you continue into the covered area.

Access to the Museum is at ground level through the main entrance.

Locate the disability car parks on the map of our car park
More about visiting Te Papa for people with disabilities


Please park campervans in the outside car park only. The maximum vehicle length is 6.5 metres. If your vehicle is longer, contact the Car Park Manager before parking. Simply pay at the Automatic Pay Station when you leave, any time of day or night.

Tour and school buses

Buses can use the drop-off and pick-up area at the Cable Street entrance. Tour buses and school buses can park in the bus lane for free while their groups are visiting Te Papa.

Buses must have prior approval to park overnight.

Schools, contact the Te Papa Education Team to book your visit

Parking for function attendees

If you are attending a function or conference at Te Papa, you may receive a discounted parking rate by prior arrangement. Please ask your event organiser or manager to enquire with their Te Papa Function Coordinator at least 1 week before the function.

More about parking for functions


No daily specials on at this time, please check back 20 April 2015.

Terms and conditions

Read our parking terms and conditions, which apply to all users

Download our parking terms and conditions, which apply to all users (PDF, 48kb)