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A model of the extinct Haast's eagle

Unique NZ Te Ika Whenua

Follow in the footsteps of Māui the explorer, and meet our weird and wonderful wildlife.

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  • 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
    • 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


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)?

Sniff a kākāpō, and feel around for a kiwi’s dinner. Weigh in against a giant moa, and discover the abundant whales and dolphins in our seas. Take a leap as Zealandia splits from Gondwana – don’t get left behind!


  • Mauri Activator: Work together to nurture mauri [life force], and see nature flourish around you.
  • Only in NZ: A mass display celebrating hundreds of species found only in Aotearoa, from croakless frogs to oversized kinakina sea urchins
  • Haast’s Eagle: It’s huge, so look out!
  • Moa Weigh-in: How many friends and whānau add up to a giant moa … and by the way, did that moa just move?


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