Bush City

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

When | Āhea

Open daily until 5pm

Where | Ki hea

Outside Levels 1 and 2

Cost | Te utu

Free entry


Parental guidance recommended


20 minutes

Accessibility | E wātea ana ki
  • Wheelchair accessible

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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 Aotearoa, 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

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