1. Mountains to Sea
New Zealand is all about unique wildlife. The Mountains to Sea exhibit aims to giveyou a sample of New Zealand’sincredibly diverse fauna and flora. The exhibition also includes the “Colossal Squid”, the world’s only complete specimen of a giant squid!
2. Awesome forces
Probably the most memorable of the museum, this exhibition gives you a hands-on experience of the power of the earth. This geological power created New Zealand and shaped its amazing landscape. Head inside the “Earthquake House!” for a real shakeup.
3. Bush City
This exhibition is more about “doing” than “seeing”. Climb a lava flow, dig for fossils, walk through wetlands, cross a swing bridge, and visit a glowworm cave. Bush City is a fun peek inside New Zealand’s native bushland.
4. Blood, Earth, Fire
Learn about the extreme transformation of the New Zealand landscape since man set foot on the islands. The exhibition is bathed in Maori culture withnative bird songs to walk you through displays of extinct species. Plus… HOLOGRAMS!!!
5. Mana Whenua
Showcasing contemporary artandancient crafts, the Mana Whenua exhibition invites you to embrace the best of the Maori culture. A huge Marae (traditional Maori meeting house) and more carvings than you can count will amaze you while discovering traditional tribe stories. Vamp up the experience by taking a Maori Highlights Tour.
6. Golden Days
Spare 12 minutes ofyour timein the Te Papa Museum to visit the most well-assembled pile of junk in the country! The exhibition looks back at the last 100 years of living in New Zealand through classic Kiwi items. The presentation is a fun window into everyday Kiwi life from then to now.
7. Signs of a Nation
New Zealand’s founding document is the Treaty of Waitangi, signed in 1840 by over 500 Maori chiefs. This exhibition looks back at the creation of the document and its impact on the relationship between European settlers and Maori tribes. Until you get to Te Papa, have a look at our What is Waitangi Day? for a quick history lesson.
Immigration is the main topic of almost every political campaign in any country, but more than that, it is about people bringing their life into a country. By doing so, helping to create a country’s unique identity. The Passports exhibition presents stories of migrants from all origins about their journey to get down here to their positive impact on New Zealand.
9. truly amazing staff
With over 20 to 30 exhibitions, the museum has much more to offer than the ones stated above. This would not be without the amazing staff of the museum. We have never been to a museum with staff more passionate, friendly and helpful. If youhave a question, turn to a staff member they are awesome! Not to take anything away from the staff working behind-the-scene to make these exhibitions so great.
10. Free Wifi
Some of you may value this more than others, but the Te Papa Museum offers free WiFi to visitors. To be honest, this is one of the best free WiFi spots you’ll get anywhere in New Zealand. It works pretty well, plus, sending a message to your family directly from a museum is the best way to show them how much you are learning during this trip abroad! Right? Check out 10 Free Wi-Fi Spots in New Zealand Where You’ll Actually Have a Good Connection for more places to get internet in Wellington.