Important information during Covid-19
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Updated 29 May 2020

Te Manawa and the New Zealand Rugby Museum are open.

Te Manawa and the New Zealand Rugby Museum are open under Covid-19 Alert Level 2 although our opening hours are a little different. We open to the public at 10am, but close an hour earlier at 4pm. This allows us to clean and prepare our galleries safely, for the following day. We’re also closed during lunch  (12.30-1.20pm) for cleaning under covid-19 protocols.

With contact-tracing and limitations on our numbers, we recommend booking your visit online using the button below, or by calling 0800-4-A-MUSEUM to avoid any disappointment. Booking ahead speeds up the registration process for contact tracing when you arrive.

Important information for visitors.

We have limitations on the number of guests that can be at Te Manawa and The New Zealand Rugby Museum at any one time. We are now accepting bookings for birthday parties and groups of no more than 50 people.

Active Tots, NOA, Discovery Time, Museum in a Box, and community demonstrations are not yet up-and-running. We’ll keep you posted.

After School Classes will resume in term three.

Temporary closures

The Water Room and Dino Dig will be closed until further notice. KidsTM will also be closed as we begin the first phase of its refurbishment. Other galleries remain open. To see what’s currently on offer, you can keep up-to-date via our facebook pages @temanawa.nz @NewZealandRugbyMuseum

Keeping each other safe

The well-being of our staff and guests is of the utmost importance to us. On the morning of your visit if you, or any member of a group that you are visiting with, are showing any symptoms that may be caused by Covid-19, please postpone your visit and contact Healthline.

  • Please be patient and kind. We have a limit on how many people can be inside Te Manawa at any one time. You may not be able to enter as soon as you arrive.
  • You’ll need to sign in with contact details when you visit. This assists the Ministry of Health with contact tracing in the event of community transmission of Covid-19.
  • You must maintain a 2-metre distance from our staff and other visitors.
  • You must use hand-sanitisers available at our points of entry.
  • Please refrain from touching the glass on display cases.
  • If you are unwell, please do not visit, and seek medical advice immediately.


If you think you may be infected with Covid-19, please postpone your visit. Contact a doctor as soon as possible to confirm a diagnosis. Call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for free advice from experienced nurses.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

You will find more information about protecting yourself, your colleagues, your ākonga, and their whānau at the links below.

Ministry of Health information on Covid-19 virus

You can find more information about the different levels of alert at the New Zealand Government’s Covid-19 website here.