Exhibitions Permanent exhibition


Bush City

Step outside into Bush City – a living, growing exhibition.

Plan your visit
  • When Long-term exhibition, closes daily at 5pm
  • Where Outside Levels 1 and 2
  • Cost Free entry
  • Ages Parental guidance recommended
  • Allow 20 minutes
  • Accessibility

Closes daily at 5pm

Take a short walk through some of the natural wonders of New Zealand – our bush, our rocks, our volcanic landscapes. Bush City has over 1,400 native plants, some of the oldest rocks in AotearoaAotearoa New Zealand, and harbour views. There are also many seating areas where you can take in the sights and smells of the forest, and perhaps spot a tūī or other bird.

You’ll find family-friendly activities here too – dig for fossils, cross a swing bridge, or enter a cave to discover glow worms, stalactites, and the bones of extinct moa.

Family in the Fossil Dig, 2015. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa


Family in the Fossil Dig, 2015. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa


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