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State of National Emergency

Police service update

At 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020, New Zealand moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of their household.

During this time Police will continue to provide essential policing services.

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The New Zealand Police Museum provides educational opportunities for all visitors, including free self-guided visits and activity sheets, or charged workshops and tours.


Our New Zealand Police Museum Junior Detective Trail and Senior Detective Mysteries are packed full of fun activities that will keep children of all ages engaged and entertained. Activity sheets are free, fun and change every school holiday.

Enjoy our museum favourites and try out police uniforms and the Police motorbike; they make a great photo opportunities!

Schools & Groups

Group tours are available on request and can be adapted to suit individual needs and ages. Group booking charges:

  • adults $5
  • children $5
  • senior citizens $3
  • student on school trip $3

The New Zealand Police Museum covers a wide range of topics and issues including;

  • the Rainbow Warrior bombing,
  • 1981 Springbok Tour Protests,
  • Disaster Victim Identification team work,
  • The Canterbury Quakes,
  • The Role of Police,
  • The Armed Offenders Squad,
  • Road Policing,
  • Dog Handlers,
  • Diversity within New Zealand Police,
  • 75 Years of Women in Police and
  • Policing Aotearoa New Zealand in the 19th Century.

Check out the Police Museum learning and experience programme (PDF 467KB) to find out more about what is on offer. Advance bookings are required.


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Important Information

Museum displays reflect the nature of police work and some displays deal with issues of violence and death. All class visits are adjusted to be age appropriate. For this reason mixed aged groups are not recommended.

Pre-visit information (PDF 129KB)
Risk Assessment Management (RAMS) (PDF 287KB)