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Bugs! Our Backyard Heroes

25 October 2019 - 9 February 2020

Free Entry

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

Bugs! Our Backyard Heroes is a family-friendly, hands-on educational experience that brings visitors face-to-face with some real live mini-monsters. The exhibition explores the secret world of bugs and the vital role they play in our lives without us even realising it!

Featuring ‘Eugene’, the giant centipede, and his friends the tree weetaa, stick insects, locusts, crickets, cockroaches and Avondale spiders, the exhibition also provides the opportunity for visitors to learn about the different native species of bugs in New Zealand and the sometimes precarious position they hold in the ecosystem.

There are plenty of hands-on activities for youngsters to get involved in, including how to become a citizen scientist and how bugs inspire those on the frontline of technology.

Education programmes are available for this exhibition.

Developed and toured by Puke Ariki Photo credit: Puke Ariki


Become a Bug Buddy: One day only - Two exclusive events

30 November 2019

11am-1pm and 1.30-3.30pm

Tickets: Child $10.50, Adult $19, Family $55 (2 adults, 2 children)

Eventbrite - Bat Tour

Cosy up to our biggest and best creepy crawlies. Get up close and personal to some amazing and fascinating New Zealand insects and spiders.

Meet Brian, the insect man, and have the chance to handle some native mini beasts.  After the show go on a guided tour of the exhibition Bugs! Our Backyard Heroes.  Entry to the exhibition is free.