Accessibility information for Te Taiao | Nature

Plan your trip through Te Taiao. Find out about quiet spaces, things to smell and touch, subtitles, light and dark spaces, and places to sit.

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Accessibility information by exhibition and lounge areas

All of Te Taiao | Nature is wheelchair accessible and has subtitles on videos.

Te Ika Whenua | Unique NZ

  • Enclosed entry, opens to large space with high ceiling

  • Sounds of nature, some sudden noises

  • Tactile exhibition, opportunities to touch and smell

  • Small nook with seating

  • Variable lighting

Whakarūaumoko | Active Land

  • Dark space with large-scale volcano animation

  • Bass-frequency sound

  • Quake House with realistic shaking

  • Seating near exit for relaxing and watching video

  • Lots of hands-on interactives

  • Floor in front of the Rock Recipe interactive vibrates when visitors activate a volcano video

Rock Recipe interactive on the right, 2019. Photo by Maarten Holl. Te Papa (136382)

Ngā Kaitiaki | Guardians

  • Variable lighting

  • Tactile exhibition, opportunities to touch and smell

  • One sudden sound from pig in the pests area

  • One large, immersive digital experience

Te Kōhanga | Nest

  • Dark, enclosed space with birdsong soundscape

  • Bench for resting

  • Bird sounds

Te Kōhanga | Nest, 2019. Photo by Maarten Holl. Te Papa

Te Whare Rākau | Treehouse (lounge)

  • Natural light, view over Bush City

  • No soundscape, but some sound spill from nearby volcano animation

  • Books to browse

  • Access to toilets and Bush City outdoors (until 5pm)

  • Lots of seating

  • Nook with cushions to crawl into

Te Papa Hui | Backyard (lounge)

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Quiet, family-friendly space with natural light

  • No soundscape

  • Moveable furniture – build your own nook!

Backyard | Te Papa Hui, 2019. Te Papa