Conference Venue

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is New Zealand’s national museum, located at the waterfront in Wellington. Known as Te Papa, or “Our Place”, more than 1.5 million people visit every year to experience six floors of exhibitions, collections, cafés and gift shops dedicated to New Zealand’s culture and environment.

Te Papa is open every day from 10–6 (except Christmas Day), and entry is free, although charges do apply to some short-term exhibitions and activities.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
55 Cable Street, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
p: +64 4 381 7000; w:

Information regarding transport and accomodation to follow, but please note that Wellington accommodation tends to fill up fast, especially during this time of the year. We encourage you to make your bookings well in advance.

Te Papa. Photograph by Michael Hall ©Te Papa

New visa requirements for New Zealand

For travel from 1 October 2019, the New Zealand Government requires some visitors and transit passengers to have a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA).

Please check to see if you require an NZeTA for your travel to New Zealand for the conference. If you do need one, make sure you apply for your NZeTA at least 72 hours prior to departure. Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passports do not need an NZeTA.

See the Immigration New Zealand website for details.

Transport options

For those visiting from Australia, there are direct flights to Wellington from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Domestic flight times between the main centres, as well as a list of all airports in New Zealand, can be seen here. There are also connections via tourist train and ferry between Auckland, Wellington, Picton, Christchurch and Greymouth.

See information regarding travelling to and from Wellington Airport. The Airport Flyer bus is comfortable, easy to use and will take you direct to Courtney Place (a 5- minute walk from Te Papa) or to other locations in downtown Wellington or further afield into the Hutt Valley. There is a taxi stand just outside the main entrance to Te Papa.

Because of its central location, there are many ways to get to Te Papa, including on foot or by bike/scooter, train or car. Courtney Place is one of the main bus stops in the city, and it is the closest one to Te Papa, only about a 5-minute walk away.

If you plan to use the local buses, trains or ferries frequently during your stay, it may be worth purchasing a Snapper card for discounted travel on public transport. There is ample public parking at the museum for $4 per hour. Or you might happen upon one of the city’s dockless bikes, which you can rent for $1 per hour using your smartphone.

Closest accommodation options

YHA Wellington City
292 Wakefield Street
+64 4 801 7280
From $31 for bed in multishare room to $140 in private room with ensuite;
Conference rate: 10% off by using “member rate”, and writing Botany2019Conference in the comments
5 min walk to Te Papa, 2GB free WiFi per day, fully-equipped kitchen, onsite food/coffee

Bay Plaza Hotel
40 Oriental Parade
+64 4 385 7799
From $175 per room
Conference rate: Ref—74361.

West Plaza Hotel
110 Wakefield Street
+64 800 731 4444 / +64 4 473 1440
From $185 per room
Conference rate: quote Australasian Systematic Botany Society (rate is subject to availability at the time of booking, once the rate allotment has sold out we will offer the best available rate of the day)
Breakfast @ $29 per person

QT Museum Wellington
90 Cable Street
+64 4 802 8900
From $250
Across the street from Te Papa, curated art collection throughout, onsite restaurant & bar

Some helpful accommodation websites:

Please note that Wellington accommodation tends to fill up fast, especially during this time of the year. We encourage you to make your bookings well in advance.

Food and drink

There is a large range of restaurants close to Te Papa. Have a look at these websites to help find a restaurant to suit you:

If you plan to self-cater, a New World supermarket is only a two minute walk from Te Papa, situated between Wakefield Street and Cable Street.