Te Taiao Whānau Day

Drop in for fun activities in Te Taiao | Nature. Meet experts from Te Papa, make a plant specimen, catch a puppet show, and learn about Aotearoa’s native plants. 

  • When | Āhea Fri 11 Oct 2019, 10.00am–4.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Te Taiao | Nature, Level 2 & Bush City, Level 1
  • Cost | Te utu Free

Drop in with the whole whānau for a day of activities in our Te Taiao | Nature exhibition zone. This school holidays we’re celebrating Aotearoa’s native plants, with a day focusing on all things botany!

Meet some of Te Papa’s botanists, start your own plant collection by creating a pressed plant specimen, take a walk in Bush City, catch a puppet show about invasive weeds, and learn all about Aotearoa’s incredible native plants.


Botany Craft: Start Your Own Plant Collection!  

When: Drop in, 10am–4pm

See how botanists collect and preserve specimens for Te Papa’s herbarium. Then start your own plant collection by making a specimen to take home.

Suitable for ages 7+

Where: Te Papa Hui | Backyard, Te Taiao | Nature, Level 2

Quiz: What Native Plant Are You?

When: Drop in, 10am–4pm

Take our interactive quiz and find out, then take a walk in Bush City to locate your plant.  

Suitable for the whole whānau.

Where: Bush City Kiosk, Level 2 and Bush City, Level 1

Ask an Expert: Te Papa’s Botanists

When: Sessions 10am–12pm & 1.30–4pm

Ask our scientists your plant-related questions during ‘ask an expert’ sessions. Get up close with our diverse native plants, learn how botanists describe new species, and how they collect and preserve them for future generations.  

Suitable for the whole whānau.

Where: Bush City Kiosk, Level 2

Puppet Show: Tree Friends

When: 12–12.30pm

Join Anna Bailey of String Bean Puppets for a Te Taiao themed show. Kererū and Millie are best friends. When a baby kohekohe tree is left orphaned in a storm they work together to protect him from invaders. An interactive puppet show for all ages about the struggle against invasive weed species.

Suitable for the whole whānau.

Where: Amphitheatre (Entrance to Bush City, Level 1) Wet weather: Te Marae, Level 4

A man and a boy sit at a table drawing


Te Taiao Whānau Day, July 2019. Te Papa