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Located on the waterfront in Wellington, Te Papa Museum is the national museum of New Zealand, and its name means “our place.” They get more than 1.5 million visitors every year. The philosophy of the museum is that the living faces behind the treasures are just as important as the treasures themselves. The museum is known for many unique reasons.
For example, they have one of the first recognized dinosaur fossils in the world. The iguanodontid tooth was found in 1820 and is thought to be about 135 million years old. Another interesting fact is that Te Papa has over 200,000 fish specimens in jars. In fact, they have a special alcohol vapor detector to ensure the alcohol vapor levels do not get too high as they can be explosive.
In another area of the museum, you can see a mummified moa head that is extremely rare. It was found in the late 19th century in a cave in Central Otago and is more than 600 years old. The staff at the museum have named more than 2,500 novel plant and animal species since 1865, including the Hector’s Dolphin. It was named after the founder of the museum in 1865. With over 20 exhibits and many of them permanent, you will surely find something you love at Te Papa.
Fun Fact: Te Papa has the biggest lice collection in Australasia. This may be a strange thing to collect, but lice can tell scientists a lot about the animals they were found on.
If you like old things, Te Papa is your place. In fact, everyone will love this museum because of the variety of artifacts, information, and exhibits they have on display. Do not miss some of these that are our favorites.
Get a selfie with the Colossal Squid, which is the only complete specimen of a giant squid in the world
Learn about the Maori culture and transformation of New Zealand over the years in the Blood, Earth, and Fire exhibit
Experience an earthquake at the Earthquake House
Check out the pile of junk at the Golden Days exhibition
Get some pics with the legendary racehorse Phar Lap skeleton
See an authentic communal meeting place (marae) of the 21st century
Visit the twin velociraptor dinosaurs in the Awesome Forces display
Dig for fossils in the Bush City exhibit
Wellington Bus lines 1, 83, and 150
Metlink lines HVL, JVL, MEL, and KPL
We at Bounce travel often, and we ran into the problem of having to take our bags with us wherever we went. So, we decided to start our own service to help others like us who have bags hindering their fun. You will enjoy your time at Te Papa and the surrounding city of Wellington much more if you don’t have to take your luggage with you. Our Bounce partners will keep your things safe while you explore.
If you did not get enough cultural information at Te Papa, take a trip to one of the museums or other attractions in Wellington. Go shopping at the many malls and department stores for souvenirs, but don’t leave without trying some local cuisine. Just drop off your bags with one of our Bounce affiliates on your way.
Luggage Storage Near Zealandia Ecosanctuary
Take a trip into the wild at Zealandia Ecosanctuary on Waiapu Road. The 500-acre conservation area is full of wildlife and is only about 15 minutes from Te Papa. Many of the birds and reptiles are endangered, and dozens are only found in the ecosanctuary. Take a two-hour guided tour if you want to see everything there is and learn more about the ecosystem of New Zealand. Or you can wander off on your own to explore as you wish. Stop in at Rata when you work up an appetite. They have delicious choices with fresh food grown in their own garden. The entire place is eco friendly, and you will learn how going green helps everyone. Don’t forget to get your camera from your luggage before dropping it off at one of our Bounce locations to get pictures to share on your favorite social media sites.
Luggage Storage Near the Weta Cave
Stop in on Weka Street about 13 minutes from Te Papa Museum to see the Weta Cave. Take a complete tour and see the movie effects and other secrets behind the scenes of Avatar, the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and other popular movies. There are several tours, including the Weta Cave Workshop Tour and the Miniature Effects Tour. You’ll see costumes and props from the films, miniature displays for television shows, and you can even learn how to do some leather work and sculpting. The experts themselves will take you through the cave so you can see some of the awesome statues and displays. Stop in at the gift shop for some cool souvenirs for the folks back home. But leave your bags with one of our Bounce partners before heading to the cave because you cannot bring them with you.
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Want to see some more animals? Check out the Wellington Zoo on Daniell Street about 15 minutes from the museum. This was the country’s first zoo and the city’s oldest conservation organization, taking care of wildlife since 1906. From the Agouti to the Wallaby, the zoo has over 50 species to visit. The tigers and lions are some of the most popular animals, but the monkey house, as well as the Savannah Village and Wild Theater, are popular too. Get a lesson on some Australian animals or check out the Cool Creatures at the Hero Headquarters. Don’t miss the Tasmanian Devils in the northeast corner of the zoo, and be sure to stop and grab some lunch and souvenirs at the Grazing Post. You will need to find one of our Bounce locations to leave your bags because they are not allowed in the zoo.
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This place is awesome, it’s near Macy’s and other souvenir shops, nearby food outlets too and near the Penn station in New York. This is the best place to leave your luggage for last minute shopping before you head to the airport via Penn station. Plus the Employees are very courteous and kind
The price for luggage storage near Te Papa is just NZ$8/bag for the entire day.
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $10,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage near Te Papa.
Yes, there are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in the Te Papa area. Bounce has multiple luggage storage locations nearby Te Papa and in the broader Wellington area where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $10,000 safekeeping gurantee.