New Zealand's national museum and art gallery - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa - is located in the heart of the capital of Wellington city. It is one of the most prominent attractions in the area and is well-known for its incorporation of various collections and cultures. Its collections include a History Collection which features many garments and textiles that date centuries back in time. Visitors will also be able to witness a huge stamp collection as well as a wide range of historic artefacts from the Pacific Islands. The Fossil and Archaeology collection offers hundreds of thousands of amphibian, reptile and mammal specimens on display while the cultural collection includes large numbers of photographs and Māori cultural treasures. A popular exhibit at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is the largest specimen of the rare colossal squid in the world, weighing up to 500 kilograms and measuring over 4 metres in length.
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. − 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.− 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays.
Around 1 hour
Adults, Families,Young Adults, Children, Senior Travellers
The colossal squid exhibit
Though designated prayer facilities at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa will be unavailable for Muslim travellers, it is possible to enquire for a private area to use during prayer times. Travellers can also visit some of the few mosques in Wellington such as the Wellington Masjid in Kilbirnie. Lower Hutt Islamic Centre in Lower Hutt and Porirua Islamic Centre in Porirua are two other mosques in Wellington.
Muslim travellers looking for Halal food near Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa can visit some of the many Halal restaurants in Wellington. A few of the most popular Halal restaurants in Wellington include Marrakesh Cafe, Mughlai Curry Corner, Delhi Brasserie, Kipp Cafe, Istana Malaysia, Garam Masala and Nando’s – which all serve a wide array of excellent Halal food.