Location & hours

Admission is free

Open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday
Closed on public holidays

National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets


04 470 4541

Getting here

Getting here is easy. If you’re driving, there’s pay and display parking on streets around the Library, including 2 dedicated accessible parks on Molesworth Street.

Directions to the National Library

MetLink bus and train timetables

Pay and display parking all around the Library

Guided experiences and groups

You’re always welcome to visit He Tohu, but you can also book a free group guided experience with our specialist staff.

Schools, book a school programme for your class

Free guided experience every day

Join in on a guided experience and learn more about New Zealand’s histories, the journeys these documents have taken, and what they mean for us now.

Every day at 12.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Meet on the ground floor, by the waka at reception. The experience will last for about 30 minutes.

Space is limited, so get in quick! If you’re coming from out of town, email contact@hetohu.nz or phone 04 470 4541 ahead of time and we can hold a spot for you.

Bring a group

Got a group of up to 20 who want to see He Tohu, or check out more of the Library? Contact us and we’ll craft a special guided experience perfect for your group. If your group is larger or have special needs, contact us first so that we can understand how best to accommodate you.

We also welcome enquiries for Māori, iwi, and hapū tours. Get in touch and we’ll discuss your needs.

Email us on contact@hetohu.nz or phone 04 470 4541 and tell us:

  • when you’d like to visit
  • your group’s interests and what you want to learn.


He Tohu is fully wheelchair accessible. Come in on Aitken Street and take the lift to the ground floor. Our staff are ready if you’d like a hand with anything.

Download an accessibility map of He Tohu (pdf, 836KB)


We have free lockers you can use to store your things while you’re here.

We also have accessible toilets.

A wheelchair is available on request.

The Library has free wifi throughout the building. Just ask if you’d like to use it!

Browse the interesting items available in our retail space.

Take a break (and get a coffee) at HOME cafe

Nearby places to visit

Carry on your experience at He Tohu by visiting some of the other places that make Aotearoa New Zealand run and tell our stories.