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.

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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

Inside the Active Land exhibition


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

Inside a dark space with speckled lighting


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!

A room with dinosaurs painted on the wall and real fossils displayed


Backyard | Te Papa Hui, 2019. Te Papa