Mountains to SeaMai i ngā Maunga ki te Moana
Journey through New Zealand's diverse environments, from windy alpine peaks to gloomy seabeds. Discover captivating creatures and precious plants, all adapted to their habitat, and often unique to Aotearoa.
14 Feb 1998 – 2 Apr 2018
Over 2,500 native plants and animals make up the displays. How many molluscs can you count? Can you find the ship rat eating a wētā? Climb to the bush canopy to get a kererū’s perspective.
Mountains to Sea leads you through six major kinds of ecosystem:
The Colossal Squid can be found here too.
Kia kitea ake
In photos: Giant eggs, tiny eggs, and the eggceptionally rare
Bird expert Colin Miskelly highlights some of the treasures in our egg collection, including those thought to be held only by Te Papa – as well as giant moa eggs, tiny rifleman eggs, and eggs that were acquired during dramatic events in New Zealand’s conservation history.