1. Te Papa Tongarewa - Museum of New Zealand
What is it? A free museum on the water’s edge, and a great place to get your bearings on a visit to Wellington.
Why go? It houses multiple exhibitions at any one time, including extensive anthropological collections looking at the environment and Maori culture pre-colonisation, an exhibition on the Treaty of Waitangi, and the skeleton of the famous racehorse, Phar Lap. There are also regularly changing exhibits covering everything from fine art to fashion and design in New Zealand.