Museums / Galleries
New Zealand has an extensive number of Museums, from Te Papa Tongarewa, our state of the art interactive Wellington museum and the more traditional Dominion Museum in Auckland which both house extensive collections of New Zealand and Pacific artefacts and natural history exhibits. Christchurch and Dunedin also have highly regarded museums. Innumerable specialist museums throughout the country make for fascinating and informative visits. The advent of slide shows and hands on interactive media make the experience all the more valuable.
Eastern North Island
The Kauri Museum, Dargaville
The award winning The Kauri Museum, Matakohe tells the fascinating story of the pioneering days through the use of kauri timber and kauri gum.
Features collections of natural, social, military history and culture related to New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Voyager NZ National Maritime Museum
Exhibition galleries include 14 themed galleries, a temporary exhibition gallery, and an art gallery specializing in maritime art.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is the largest art institution in New Zealand, with a collection numbering over 15000 works.
MOTAT is New Zealand's largest transport, technology and social history museum. Spread across 40 acres, MOTAT will take you on an interactive journey to explore and discover the achievements that have helped shape New Zealand, from the 1800s to today.
Western North Island
Tawhiti Museum, Hawera
Widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country, the museum uses life size exhibits and scale models to present our heritage in a series of super realistic and engaging displays.
The Rugby Museum, Palmerston North
Rugby heritage from every playing nation is showcased in the city of Palmerston North. New Zealand Rugby Museum is the Country's one and only, and arguably the first museum in the world devoted to the oval ball code.
New Plymouth’s Puke Ariki's Heritage Collection contains a treasure trove of objects, papers, photographs and maps - all of which provide a link to Taranaki's past.
Central North Island
National Army Museum
New Zealand’s most comprehensive Army Museum for access to a unique collection of military exhibits with lifelike displays, iconic military hardware and a comprehensive weapons collection.
Eastern North Island
Goldmine Experience, Thames
A guided tour takes you into one of the richest goldmines of the time. Explore the photographic museum, view a video presentation, discover mining relics, see steam-powered machines.
Te Papa is New Zealand's bold and innovative national museum and a recognised world leader in interactive and visitor-focused museum experiences.
City Gallery Wellington creates a focus for contemporary visual arts, architecture and design in Wellington through local, national and international exhibitions as well as international exchanges and joint ventures with other art museums.
Museum of Wellington City & Sea
Discover the intriguing stories of Wellington's history in this historic building filled with precious objects, beautiful displays and stunning technology.
The Dowse is a dynamic institution, its collection remains a critical element for the institution, with recent acquisitions revealing a contemporary focus that highlights key developments in New Zealand art, by artists of significance.
Nelson / Marlborough
World of Wearable Art
The World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum is an iconic 'must see' Nelson NZ visitor attraction that celebrates two distinctly different passions.
The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu is the public art gallery for the Nelson region. It is New Zealand's third oldest art museum has an important art collection.
Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre, Mt Cook
A tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary one of the world’s greatest explorers, the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region, its people and its place in the universe.
Otago / Deep South
Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin is a regional history museum in Dunedin. Its brief covers the territory of the old Otago Province, from the Waitaki River south. It is New Zealand's oldest and most extensive history museum.
Shantytown, Greymouth features gold-panning as a tourist attraction in a recreated old West Coast town. Shantytown Heritage Park is governed by a board of local people.
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The Weta Cave
Phone: 04 9094000 Address: Mirimar, Wellington wetanz.com/cave