100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa

With Simon Morton and Riria Hotere

Publication date: September 2012
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $34.99
Extent: 224 pp
Illustrations: 500+ full-colour and black-and-white images, includes DVD
Format: 240mm x 210mm
Binding: PB
ISBN: 978-1-877385-79-7

Buy 100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa from Te Papa Store

Go behind the scenes at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand and discover more than 100 treasured items from the Museum’s collection.

100 Amazing Tales From Aotearoa gives readers a special look at some of the surprising, wonderful, and significant items that Te Papa stores in trust for the nation.

Learn the secrets of one of the first dinosaur fossils ever discovered, see new spider species, be inspired by famous paintings and quirky jewellery, encounter fearsome weapons from the Pacific, and uncover deep and personal stories of Māori taonga (treasures).

The book is based on the popular TV mini-documentaries Tales from Te Papa, and includes a DVD of the complete series – with 20 bonus episodes.

Look inside 100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa


  • Winner, Best Non-Fiction Book, New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2013

  • Finalist, Elsie Locke Medal for Non-Fiction, LIANZA Children's Book Awards 2013

  • Storylines Notable Books List 2013

  • Longlist, Science Book Prize 2013, Royal Society of New Zealand


‘A colourful, accessible history book for the whole family.’
North & South, December 2012

‘The well-illustrated book collates cultural artefacts and art works, enabling readers to enjoy the extended collection at home … Fragments of rich cultural history are captured throughout.’
New Zealand Geographic, October 2012

Tales from Te Papa

About Simon Morton and Riria Hotere

Simon Morton is a Wellington-based broadcaster and presenter best known for his TV One show Why We Buy and his Radio New Zealand National series This Way Up.

Riria Hotere (Ngāti Maniapoto and Te Aupōuri) is an actor in Kōrero Mai and a former member of Te Papa’s education team. She is currently a Resource Developer at Huia Publishers.