Jim’s Accessibility Comments:
Our Princess Cruise ship docked at Wellington, New Zealand, and we decided to visit the Te Papa museum, which is Wellington’s top attraction. Wellington is the capital city in New Zealand, a beautiful city and the Te Papa museum is located on Cable street right on the waterfront, about a mile from where the cruise ship docked. We walked / rolled along the waterfront and boardwalk all the way to the museum and it was a good hike – perhaps 15 minutes but it was all level, no steps and good exercise and the waterfront was gorgeous.
Dedicated in 1998 the Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum and has six floors of exhibitions dedicated to New Zealand’s culture and environment. The museum incorporates the fascinating story of New Zealand’s dramatic landscapes, wonderful exhibits and artifacts highlighting the Maori culture. There’s an art gallery, and most importantly, the museum has the world’s largest specimen of the rare Colossal Squid – which is a terrific but creepy exhibit!
Wellington’s Te Papa has wonderful interactive displays throughout the museum which is fun for young and old alike and is a must see!
This is a modern, exceptionally wheelchair accessible museum. There are no steps, new commercial elevators, wheelchair accessible restrooms, a café and gift store. Next to the Auckland’s Museum, this was my favorite New Zealand museum.