Te Wao Nui
Encompassing a fifth of the Zoo's 17ha footprint, Te
Wao Nui offers both locals and tourists a truly unique and
immersive experience of New Zealand's animals, plants and culture
in a way that has never been done before, anywhere, - all in one
location at Auckland Zoo.
Te Wao Nui's six habitats:
The Coast represents New Zealand's iconic coastal
habitat. Throughout this habitat, the unique plants of the coast
grow amongst the dunes and rocks, while little penguins and New
Zealand fur seals explore the waters.
Islands (Moutere Rāhui)
The Islands (Moutere Rāhui) -
Antipodes Island parakeets and Campbell Island teal exemplify the
adaptive qualities of the animals who call the islands home.
The tuatara resides here too, an iconic New Zealander who still
needs our help to survive.
Wetlands (Ngā Repo)
The Wetlands (Ngā Repo) recreates one of
this special habitat. A towering waterfall cascades down the rock
face, flowing into a pool that is home to many of New
Zealand's unique wading birds. Plant species, instantly
recognisable to many also feature here; from flax to manuka to
kahikatea and the cabbage tree.
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In The Night (Te Pō), Te Wao Nui's nocturnal
habitat, visitors can explore the hidden world and uncover the
incredibly unique animals that inhabit it. Enter The
Night through a cave and find the kiwi and morepork,
weta and short-tailed bats.
Forest (Te Wao Nui a Tāne)
The Forest (Te Wao Nui a Tāne)
habitat in Te Wao Nui celebrates our forests and the birds that
call it home. From the kaka and kukupa to the kakariki and tui,
these birds have long been icons of our wildlife.
Country (Whenua Waotū)
The High Country (Whenua
Waotū) gives visitors the chance to come face-to-face
with its most famous resident, the kea. The streams throughout this
habitat are the ideal home for whio (blue duck), whose sole habitat
is New Zealand's fast flowing streams.
Auckland Zoo would like to acknowledge the work of
Auckland Council, Auckland Zoo Charitable Trust, Maltby's,
Davis Langdon, Logan Brewer Production Design Ltd, Thorburn
Consultants (NZ) Ltd, NZ Strong Group Ltd, The Plant People, Ngati
Whatua, TuWao, Hatchling Studio and Motherworks in developing and
constructing Te Wao Nui.