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Volcano graphic

Active Land

Enter the realm of Rūaumoko, god of volcanoes and earthquakes, and explore the geological forces that shape our shaky land.

Ko Puna-te-waro, ko Rakahore, ko Hinepuia, ko te moko whakangaotanga o te whenua nā Rūaumoko e ngunguru nei ī au au aue ha!

See all Te Taiao | Nature spaces
  • When | Āhea Opening 11 May 2019
  • Where | Ki hea Te Taiao | Nature, Level 2
  • Cost | Te utu Free exhibition
  • Ages | Te reanga All ages
  • Allow | Me whakarite 30 minutes
  • Accessibility | E wātea ana ki

    Wheelchair accessible 

What massive pressures lift Aotearoa New Zealand’s mountains, and trigger our volcanoes and earthquakes? How are we getting active in response to our active land?

Follow the path of volcanoes down the North Island – blazed by two fire taniwhataniwha guardians . Discover the creative gifts of Rūaumoko: tā mokotā moko tattooing  and tāniko weaving. Watch people remembering the recent Canterbury quakes, and share your response.

Crank up the pressure to cause an eruption, learn about the most ferocious super-volcano in the world, creator of Lake Taupō. Enter the Earthquake House – back to give you a shake-up!


For educators Mā te pouako

Delve into the forces that shape Aotearoa, see how Te Papa’s treasures are kept safe during tremors, and play with an earthquake simulation in Minecraft.
Earthquake Encounters primary education visit

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