Te Taiao | Nature
Ko au te taiao, te taiao ko au | I am nature, nature is me
You’re the explorer in our Te Taiao | Nature exhibition zone. Celebrate Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique natural environment – and get ready for our future as kaitiaki.
Mātauranga Māori meets science in these interactive exhibitions about our weird and wonderful wildlife, our shaky land, and the innovative ways we’re protecting our natural taonga.
Subtitles on all videos
Tactile, opportunities to touch and smell
Lots of hands-on interactives
Sounds of nature, some sudden noises
Te Taiao | Nature includes four main exhibition areas and two lounges:
Te Ika Whenua | Unique NZ
Follow in the footsteps of Māui the explorer, and meet our weird and wonderful wildlife. How did species here become unique – or downright odd? Why are so many of our animals and plants gigantic, flightless, or a bit drab (until you get to know them)?
Whakarūaumoko | Active Land
Enter the realm of Rūaumoko, god of volcanoes and earthquakes, and explore the geological forces that shape our shaky land.
The Quake House is back to give you a shake-up, so get ready to drop, cover, hold.
Te Kōhanga | Nest
Step into the Nest and immerse yourself in birdsong. Which native birds are thriving, threatened, or extinct? Touch their eggs to find out. In the centre is a fragile moa egg – a symbol of lost mauri and hope.
Ngā Kaitiaki | Guardians
How are we helping to protect our native species? Get ready for our future – as kaitiaki of our natural wonders. How can we make our rivers, lakes, and seas healthy again? How are innovative Kiwis tackling the challenges of climate change?
Here you can also find the The Colossal Squid!
Te Papa Hui | Backyard
Families, take a break on a comfy couch in this spacious lounge area.
Backyard’s also the place for nature-themed events and school holiday programmes.
Te Whare Rākau | Treehouse
Make yourself at home in this cosy lounge. Leaf through a book, enjoy the view from the window seat, or snuggle into the low-sensory nook and take some time out.
Download a map of Te Taiao | Nature (2.03 MB)
Guide to Te Taiao | Nature in New Zealand Sign Language
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For educatorsMā te pouako
Book a class visit through Te Taiao | Nature with our Learning Team.