Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Te Papa is New Zealand's bold and innovative national museum and a recognised world leader in interactive and visitor focused museumexperiences. As well as being a six level museum that showcases New Zealand's national art and treasures, it is also a unique conferenceand events venue that combines serious business with outstanding hospitality.

The stunning waterfront location puts Te Papa at the heart of Wellington, and provides plenty of natural light and lovely harbour views. Te Papa is close to all major hotels and public transport and offers plenty of onsite parking, so your guests will find us easy to get to.

Te Papa offers you the opportunity to combine unique museum experiences with your event, and has a number of experienced in-house teams delivering a range of products and services.

Key Features:

  • 15 dedicated meeting rooms and a variety of exhibition spaces
  • Catering from 20 to 5000
  • Flexible venues seating 20 to 700
  • Purpose built 328 tiered seating theatre
  • 519m2 of trade display space in a single room
  • Seated dinner for up to 600
  • Cocktails for up to 5000

The Wellington Foyer is Te Papa's premier large venue space and ideal for the Gala Dinner. There is no private function room or event space in Wellington quite like this—a mighty room at the heart of Te Papa, six storeys high with granite floors and a huge circular window framingever-changing views of the city. It is  unbeatable.

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Ahipara Papakainga

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Kaumātua Resident, Moa Crescent Kaumātua Village, Rauawaawa Kaumātua Charitable Trust

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Rangatahi research, Te Noho Kotahitanga, Tāmaki Makaurau

How to get there

Catch the train

Wellington Train Station is located on Bunny Street. From the station, it is a 5-10 minute walk to Rutherford House. For timetable information for train contact Metlink on 0800 801 700 or visit

Hop on a bus

Wellington has an extensive network of bus routes. Routes 17, 20, 22 and 23 go either to the Pipitea Campus or to the nearby Lambton Quay/Bowen St intersection. For timetable information for bus contact Metlink on 0800 801 700 or visit

Hail a taxi

Taxis are reasonably priced and plentiful in Wellington. A dedicated taxi rank is located outside all venues, and drivers are very familiar with the Pipitea Campus. Taxis to and from the Wellington Airport to the central business district on average should cost no more than $25.

From the airport to the town

Buses, airport shuttles, taxis and limos are all lined up outside the terminal, ready to go. Taxis and Airport Shuttles offer door-to-door service and the public bus comes through every 15 minutes.


Taxi ranks can be found directly outside the baggage claim area on level 0 of the main terminal. It might cost $25-35, but prices can vary quite a lot depending on the company. They all take VISA and master card. Taxi drivers don’t expect a tip.


Super Shuttle’s shared-ride fares offer substantial discounts for passengers travelling in the same group to the same destination. Shuttle ranks can be found directly outside the baggage claim area on level 0 of the main terminal.


Airport Flyer Bus is an express bus service that runs from Wellington International Airport to the Hutt Valley, through the centre of Wellington, on to Queensgate - Lower Hutt. The service runs at least once every 20 minutes, every day between the Airport and Lower Hutt. Airport Flyer departs from the southern end of the airport terminal, level 0 (exit from baggage claim doors on level 0 and turn right) and the cost to get to the city is $9 per person.