Step outside into Bush City – a living, growing exhibition.
- When Long-term exhibition
- Where Outside Levels 1 and 2
- Cost Free entry
- Type Nature and science
Closes daily at 5pm
Take a short walk through some of the natural wonders of New Zealand, from native bush to volcanic landscape.
Here you can:
- cross a swing-bridge
- enter a glow-worm cave
- climb a lava flow
- dig for fossils
- simply relax in the fresh air.
Can you find something spiky? Or slimy? What about something as big as your hand? Draw your discoveries.
This activity resource encourages young children to investigate the natural world, using their emerging scientific skills.
Head to the bush! With over 1,400 native plants you can take a condensed tramp through New Zealand’s jungle-like forests. You might even see a tūī or other birds in the bush.
Explore examples of Aotearoa’sAotearoa’s New Zealand’s volcanic landscape – clamber up a lava flow and layered ash falls from the central North Island’s volcanoes.
Are you a budding palaeontologist? Uncover a giant fossilised mosasaur (marine reptile) replica at our fossil dig.
Venture underground, down dark passageways dripping with water and lit by glow-worms. Here you’ll find stalactites, cave wētā, and the bones of extinct flightless moa. Our limestone cave is inspired by the Waitomo caves.
Check out the oldest exhibits at Te Papa. You can even climb on these colourful rocks – some date back almost 600 million years!