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Guardians Ngā Kaitiaki

How are we helping to protect our native species? Get ready for our future – as kaitiakikaitiaki guardians of our natural wonders.

See all Te Taiao | Nature exhibitions
  • When | Āhea Permanent exhibition
  • 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
    • Subtitles on all videos
    • Variable lighting
    • Tactile exhibition, opportunities to touch and smell
    • One sudden sound from pig in the pests area
    • One large, immersive digital experience

How are we protecting our native wildlife? How can we make our rivers, lakes, and seas healthy again? How are innovative Kiwis tackling the challenges of climate change?

Turn on a torch and catch backyard pests in the act. Lift a hefty longfin tunatuna eel, and meet our many native freshwater ikaika fishes. Open the fridge – can you guess which bottles contain the cleanest natural waiwai water? Journey into the deep, and discover the bizarre creatures that survive there – even 7,500 metres down.

Be inspired by the stories of other Kiwis taking action for the environment, then learn how to hook up with a nature project near you.


  • Climate Converter: Your physical actions leave a footprint on this spectacular, immersive space – help create a carbon-zero future.
  • Colossal Squid: She’s back, and she’s the only complete specimen on display in the world.
  • Eel Adventure: Steer a tunatuna eel across the Pacific and back to Aotearoa and back, overcoming challenges on the way.
  • Seabird Capital: Get to know (and smell!) the locals – after all, we’re the seabird capital of the world.
  • Albatross Pair: Encounter two of our most majestic specimens, and watch how they woo their mate.
  • The Current: Add your voice and help solve our toughest nature challenges.


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