Te Papa is situated in the heart of Wellington, in Cable Street right on the waterfront. Locate us on the map, and find out about transport by foot, bus, car, campervan, or taxi – including from Wellington’s airport and railway station.
Te Papa lies within easy walking distance of the city’s railway station, major hotels, and central business district. We're easy to find – just head for the waterfront.
Most Wellington buses, including those from the airport and railway station, travel along Courtenay Place, just 2 minutes' walk to Te Papa. Ask your driver for directions.
Tour buses drop off and pick up passengers at the Cable Street entrance. Parking for tour buses is free.
For bus routes and timetables, contact Metlink.
When travelling south into the city, take the Aotea Quay exit from the Wellington motorway. Continue along Waterloo, Customhouse, and Jervois Quays, which lead directly into Cable Street. Once here, you’ll find very convenient parking.
Read more on Te Papa's parking.
By cruise ship
Some ships offer a shuttle bus from the cruise terminal to the Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre or Kirkcaldie & Stains on Brandon Street. If you arrive at Brandon Street, be sure to visit the Te Papa Store for uniquely New Zealand gifts.
Te Papa is a 5-minute walk from the i-SITE and a 15-minute walk from Brandon Street.
If it's a beautiful day and you feel like stretching your legs, Te Papa is a 30 to 45-minute stroll from the cruise terminal. Simply follow the waterfront – you can’t miss our magnificent building.
By campervan or caravan
Follow the directions for cars above. The closest campervan and caravan site to Te Papa is Kumutoto & Wellington Waterfront Motorhome Park. This is located next to the waterfront entrance, opposite Whitmore Street and the New Zealand Post building, Waterloo Quay
Visit the Motorhome Park website.
From the airport
You can catch a taxi or bus from the airport. If you’re driving:
- turn left along Cobham Drive
- turn right at the Evans Bay Parade lights and drive around the harbour and along Oriental Parade
- turn right into Wakefield Street, right into Taranaki Street, and right into Cable Street.
From the railway station
Visiting Te Papa staff
Te Papa has two locations for visits to staff.
- Most staff are located at 55 Cable Street.
- Te Papa's zoologists, conservators, and archivists are at 169 Tory Street.
If you have an appointment with a staff member at Cable Street, please use the 'Team Te Papa' staff entrance. The map below shows where to find us.
Download this map as a PDF (134kB).