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 the day or night.

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

Quick facts

  • Self-service and 24/7 access
  • Pay with cash, eftpos, or credit card
  • Under cover and outside parking available
  • 24/7 on-site security
  • You are contributing to the Museum! 
  • Parking can not be reserved in advance.


Te Papa car park map

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.

The maximum time you may park your vehicle in the car park is 24 hours, unless you contact us in advance to make arrangements. If you leave your vehicle for longer than 24 hours, we may clamp or tow it at your cost.

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. Pay at an Automatic Pay Station before returning to your car. You can pay by:

  • eftpos,
  • credit card (Amex, MasterCard, or Visa), or 
  • cash (change is provided).

If you would like to get cash out, there is an automatic teller machine (ATM) in the main entrance of the Museum, available during opening hours.

Pay at the exit with credit card

Amex, MasterCard, or Visa accepted.

Fast Pay – quick and hassle free

Instead of taking a ticket upon entering the car park, 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, and
  • three on the left as you continue into the covered area.

Parking can not be reserved in advance.

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


If the length of your campervan is 6.5 metres or less you will be able to fit into one of our standard car park spaces - please note that we do not have a designated parking area for campervans. Please park campervans in the outside car park only. Standard parking fees apply.

Parking cannot be reserved in advance.

If you have any questions about parking your campervan, please contact us prior to your visit.

Please note: If your campervan is longer than 6.5 metres, there are two motorhome parks in central Wellington - one on Cuba Street, the other on the waterfront. Both are within walking distance of the museum.

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.

Our bus lane takes 8 buses in total. Parking can not be reserved, however, pre-booked tour and school groups (including self-guided) get priority. Please contact us in advance to let us know you are coming.

Buses cannot park overnight in the bus lane.

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.

Parking cannot be reserved in advance.

More about parking for functions

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)