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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, all in one location at Auckland Zoo

Zookeeper Michelle shows zoo visitors a kea at Auckland Zoo's Te Wao Nui

Te Wao Nui's six habitats:

The Coast (Takutai) 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.

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.

The Wetlands (Ngā Repo) recreates one of our most special habitats. 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.

The Night (Te​ Pō​) - Te Wao Nu​i'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.​

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.

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 thank

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 for helping us to develop and construct Te Wao Nui. ​​​​​​​

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