Cracking the Code Is Te Puia free for locals

Cracking the Code: Is Te Puia free for locals?

So, as one of the resident shopaholics on the Top Reviews team, I have a confession: there’s only one thing that excites my bones more than bargains – anything free!

Why do I mention it? Because I just discovered recently that there are amazing free perks to be unlocked at Te Puia with a Whānau Card. Today, we’ll dive into them as well as answer the question of whether or not Te Puia is actually free for locals.

Is Te Puia free for locals?

The rumours you heard are true – Te Puia is indeed free for locals! But you need to hold a Whānau Card, which is a membership program open to all New Zealand residents, granting them complimentary entry into Te Puia.

How do I get a Whānau Card?

To get a Whānau Card, you need to visit the Te Puia Visitor Centre and show proof of your New Zealand residency.

Don’t worry, I’ll give you a quick rundown on how to obtain your Whānau Card hassle-free!

  1. Head to the Te Puia Visitor Center.
  1. Approach the staff at the Visitor Center and express your interest in applying for a Whānau Card. They are there to assist you every step of the way.
  1. Receive an application form from the staff. Take a moment to carefully fill in your details, ensuring accuracy. 
  1. Along with the application form, you’ll need to provide proof of your New Zealand residency. This can be in the form of an official document, so make sure to carry it with you.
  1. To process your Whānau Card, a nominal $10 administration fee is required. This fee covers the essential processing costs, ensuring your card is ready for use.
  1. After completing the application form and paying the administration fee, the staff will process your request. Soon enough, your very own Whānau Card will be handed over to you.

To claim your free entry to Te Puia with your Whānau Card, simply show your card to the staff at the Visitor Center. You will need to present your card each time you visit Te Puia.

Whānau Card Perks

With your Whānau Card, the gates to Te Puia swing wide open, offering you complimentary entry to the park. But that’s not all! Below are some more fun perks of getting this card: 

Enjoy enticing discounts on delectable food and unique merchandise 

Feeling hungry? Your Whānau Card gives you discounts on the delicious food available at Te Puia. 

Whether you’re in the mood for local treats or international flavours, your card keeps your taste buds and your budget happy.

As you explore Te Puia’s vibrant shops, your Whānau Card continues to work its magic. Whether you’re eyeing intricate Māori carvings, handcrafted jewellery, or quirky Kiwi souvenirs, your card slashes the prices.

Feel free to indulge in your favourite picks, knowing you’re taking home a piece of Te Puia without denting your budget.

Your friends can get a discount too!

Got friends visiting from abroad? Bring them along! Your Whānau Card doesn’t just work for you; it’s also your way of sharing the magic with your buddies. 

While your entry stays free, your friends get a cool 10% discount on their tickets. It’s a win-win situation, making Te Puia the perfect spot for a day out with your pals.

Note: The Whānau Card is not valid for Te Puia’s cultural performances, such as the Haka Manuhiri and the Manutaki Maori Arts and Crafts Show. These performances require separate tickets.