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Bugs may have a reputation for being small, scaly and scary but creepy crawlies are actually superheroes in disguise!

This family-friendly, hands-on educational experience brings visitors face-to-face with some real live mini-monsters - ‘Eugene’, the giant poisonous centipede, and his friends the tree wētā, stick insects, locusts, crickets, cockroaches and Avondale spiders.

Explore the secret world of bugs and the vital role they play in our lives without us even realising it! Learn about the different native species of bugs in New Zealand and the sometimes precarious position they hold in the ecosystem due to threats from imported pests and environmental threats.

There are plenty of hands-on activities for youngsters to get involved in, including dress-ups, creating their own superpower bug, a huge picture puzzle and activity exercises to do from home. (download these cards below)

They can also learn how to become a citizen scientist and how bugs inspire those on the frontline of technology.

Come and discover how bugs really and truly are Our Backyard Heroes!


bug hotel


flowers for bees

ground weta

monarch butterfly

spotted snake millipede

start your own worm farm

stick insect

take a backyard bug census

make a weta hotel

who lives in your backyard

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Multimedia artist Arpege Taratoa-Leaf and photographer Russ flat present a photographic exhibition that explores the importance of whakapapa (Māori ancestry) from a contemporary Māori perspective.  The works offer alternative view on the concepts of the self, family and collective within the Māori world.

This exhibition is a creative collaboration to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Wakatu Incorporation.

Free for locals.