Museums Walking Tour of Wellington, Wellington

Wellington has several museums that offer a deep understanding of the culture and traditions of its people. This self-guided tour will lead you through the museums of Wellington, museums which reveal the history and culture of New Zealand.
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Museums Walking Tour of Wellington Map

Guide Name: Museums Walking Tour of Wellington
Guide Location: New Zealand » Wellington (See other walking tours in Wellington)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Author: vickyc
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Wellington Cable Car Museum

1) Wellington Cable Car Museum (must see)

Wellington Cable Car Museum is located in close proximity to the cable car's upper terminus. The museum opened in December 2000. The Cable Car Museum is about the country's only remaining public cable car system with its old machinery, engines, etc. You get to learn about the history of the cable car and ride on-board one of the old cars. There is also a souvenir shop in the museum. it houses original grip cars 1 and 3 and electric winding gear. Car 1 is in red 1970s livery, including contemporary advertising. Car 3 was restored in 2005 to a green livery dating from about 1905, and a bell from the San Francisco Cable Car was added. In the 1980s an original grip car and trailer were placed in the children's playground opposite Salamanca station.

Operation hours: Daily 9.30 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museum of Wellington City & the Sea

2) Museum of Wellington City & the Sea (must see)

The Museum of Wellington City & Sea occupies the Bond Store, a historic building on Jervois Quay on the waterfront of Wellington Harbour. The conversion of this building into a museum building was completed in 1999.

The museum started in 1972 as the Wellington Maritime Museum of the Wellington Harbour Board. In 1989 with the reorganisation of local bodies throughout New Zealand, the Museum was transferred to the Wellington City Council and expanded in scope to include social history of the region. An entire floor of the museum still remains dedicated to Maritime history and culture of Wellington. It is run by the Museums Trust.

Opening Hours: Daily 10 am – 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

3) Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (must see)

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand. It is branded and commonly known as Te Papa and Our Place; "Te Papa Tongarewa" is broadly translatable as "the place of treasures of this land".

The 36,000 square meter building opened in 1998.

The History Collection includes many dresses and textiles, the oldest of which date back to the sixteenth century The History Collection also includes the New Zealand Post Archive with around 20,000 stamps and related objects.

The cultural collections include collections on photography, taonga Māori (Māori cultural treasures), and pacific cultures.

The long term exhibitions of cultural objects focus on New Zealand history, Māori culture and New Zealand's natural world. The hands-on and interactive exhibitions focus on engaging particularly young visitors and include both indoor areas and out-door areas built and planted for the purpose.

All permanent exhibitions are free.

Opening hours: Daily 10 am − 6 pm (until 9 pm on Thursday).
Sight description based on wikipedia
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National Tattoo Museum

4) National Tattoo Museum

The National Tattoo Museum is a very unique museum in the South Pacific region. You get to see exhibitions of famous traditional Maori Tattoo, which brought international recognition to the country. There are collections dating back to 4,000 B.C. and also contemporary tattoo art.

Operation hours: Daily 12 pm - 5:30 pm (until 8 pm on Friday & Saturday).
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Colonial Cottage Museum

5) Colonial Cottage Museum

The Colonial Cottage Museum is Wellington's oldest original cottage. It is a place of historic and cultural significance. The Cottage dates back to 1858 and represents the late Georgian style. Almost everything inside the cottage is from the 1850-1880 period. It was built by hand from local New Zealand timber by William Wallis. Tours are available to hear about early European settlers and their descendants and the heritage garden is always open.

Tours available at 12, 1, 2 and 3pm: every day Saturday and Sunday in winter, every day in summer.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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New Zealand Cricket Museum

6) New Zealand Cricket Museum (must see)

At the New Zealand Cricket Museum one can see a wealth of cricket treasures and memorabilia. It is considered to be one of the most interesting cricket museums in the South Pacific region. There is also a research library with numerous cricket books. The museum is situated near the cricket stadium.

Operation hours: Monday, Saturday & Sunday 10.30 am – 3.30 pm.

Walking Tours in Wellington, New Zealand

Create Your Own Walk in Wellington

Create Your Own Walk in Wellington

Creating your own self-guided walk in Wellington is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Children's Attractions Walking Tour in Wellington

Children's Attractions Walking Tour in Wellington

New Zealand can be a perfect place to entertain your entire family. There are several playgrounds around the city and unique museums about the life of this remote archipelago. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most popular children's attractions in Wellington.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Churches Walking Tour of Wellington

Churches Walking Tour of Wellington

When immigrants first arrived in New Zealand they brought their beliefs. Most of the first settlers were Christians. The second church built in Wellington, in 1855, still stands today and is a great historic site. This self-guided tour will help you explore the churches and other religious monuments of Wellington.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Wellington, jokingly referred to as "Windy Wellington" for the strong winds blowing across the Cook Strait, is also said to be the “coolest little capital in the world”. The list of the local sights drawing tourists to the city in their thousands is long – from Lambton Quay with its iconic red Wellington Cable Car to Te Papa (the Museum of New Zealand) to Civic Square, home to the City Gallery, the National Theatre for Children and many other cool places of interest. To see them all (well, almost) in one go, try and follow this orientation walk!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Wellington: Petone Walking Tour

Wellington: Petone Walking Tour

Petone is the landing point of the first settlers to New Zealand. The distance from Petone to Wellington is about 10 km. The road leading there lies along the bay, offering splendid views. Petone is an exciting destination with several museums and churches. You can also take a walk on the wonderful pier. This self-guided tour will lead you through this historic region of Wellington.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Shopping Walking Tour in Wellington

Shopping Walking Tour in Wellington

Wellington can satisfy almost any shopping desire with its huge variety of shops. You can find fantastic and unique items here. For instance, there are many local designer shops where you will find stylists who can help you create your own specific wardrobe. This self-guided tour will lead you through the best shops in Wellington.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Wellington: Mount Victoria and Its Surroundings Walking Tour

Wellington: Mount Victoria and Its Surroundings Walking Tour

Mount Victoria is a hill, 196 meters high, in Wellington. It offers incredible views of the sea and the city, and there are some very popular attractions at its foot. This self-guided tour will lead you through the most special places of this part of Wellington.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km