From 3 December, all visitors to Te Manawa Museum complex must present a valid ‘My Vaccine Pass’ in order to enter the facility. This excludes children under 12 years of age ineligible to be vaccinated.

Any other person, attending for any reason, who has not received a COVID-19 vaccination, and/or who does not hold a valid ‘My Vaccine Pass’ will not be allowed access to the premises.

It is mandatory for all visitors to Te Manawa to wear a protective face covering. This is a COVID-19 public health requirement. Those with exemptions are asked to provide their exemption certificate upon arrival to avoid embarrassment. Children are not included in this requirement.

Everyone is required under public health order to keep a record of their visit using either the NZ Covid Tracer App, or by filling out one of the contact tracing forms at point of entry.

Good record keeping and fast contact tracing helps stop the spread of COVID-19, and protect our whānau, communities and each other.

UPDATED 25 November 2021Covid-19 pandemic

Te Manawa and the New Zealand Rugby Museum are open.

  • Under Alert Level 2, Te Manawa is open to limited numbers of visitors only.
  • Opening hours and visitor numbers: During holidays and weekends, it may pay to call ahead to avoid disappointment. In addition to our increased cleaning and hygiene regimes, the Museum will close for an hour between 12.30pm and 1.30pm each day to enable a deep clean of our public spaces, and close for the day at 5pm.
  • Our team: Some staff may still be undertaking their duties at home and spending reduced hours in the office. Please be patient and allow a little longer for a response.
  • Contact Tracing: You must sign in via the NZ Covid-Tracer App or sign in at our front desk.
  • Masks: You must wear a mask when visiting Te Manawa. If you have a medical exemption, please alert our staff and present this to them upon arrival.
  • Keep apart from other bubbles. Physical distancing of 2m from other bubbles is essential and increased hygiene protocols will be in place.
  • Reduced activities: The following activities and exhibitions are not available during level 2 due to difficulties in maintaining hygiene and physical distancing. These include: the caravan and Four Square in Manawatu Journeys, The Water Room and rain cloud in Te Awa, the Tamariki kids’ area, and the Imagination Playspace. We will advise you as and when these reopen.
  • The Art Gallery will be open. Please maintain your distance from other bubbles viewing the exhibitions on show and enjoy them at your leisure.

The Covid-19 Delta variant requires us to be even more vigilant, to keep our visitors and staff safe. Our spaces and programmes are designed to bring people together, not keep them apart, so we thank you for your patience, your kindness and your understanding.

For more information on the Covid-19 Alert Levels, please visit the Covid-19 website:

From 3 December, visitors to Te Manawa must present their valid 'My Vaccine Pass' at point of entry.