Take in views of the stunning Wellington harbour while treating your taste buds to beautifully presented fine French cuisine. Your experience is completed by the opulent surroundings of the Museum Art Hotel with its private collection of original artwork. Situated over the road from the harbour, the Museum Art Hotel is close to Wellington’s exciting and vibrant activity centers. Hippopotamus Restaurant and Cocktail Bar is the perfect choice to commence, or complete, a night out with friends.

Hippopotamus restaurant and cocktail is fully-licensed.

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Monday to Friday, 6.30am to 10.30am
Weekends and public holidays, 7am to 11am



Monday to Friday, 12pm to 2pm
Not available on public holidays


High Tea

Wednesday to Sunday, 2pm to 4.30pm
(last bookings at 3.30pm)


Early evening dinner

Daily, bookings at 5.30pm only
(table must be vacated at 7.30pm)



Daily, from 6pm to 10pm
Degustation dinner bookings from 6pm – 8:45pm


Cocktail Bar

Daily, from 2pm till late






Hippopotamus Privatisation Dates

  • Friday 26 August Chocoholic High Tea
    Closed for Lunch and High Tea service

  • Tuesday 6th September Private Event
    Closed for Lunch and High Tea

  • Wednesday 7th September Private Event
    Closed for Lunch and High Tea
  • Sunday 11th September Private Dinner
    Closed after High Tea and for Dinner service

  • Saturday 24th September Private Event
    Closed from 9.30am, reopening for High Tea
  • Saturday 15th October Private Dinner
    Closed for High Tea and for Dinner service

  • Sunday 16th October Private Dinner
    Closed for High Tea and for Dinner service

  • Thursday 22nd December Private Dinner
    Closed for High Tea and for Dinner service