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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 - all in one location at Auckland Zoo.

Te Wao Nui is home to over 100 New Zealand native plant species and around 60 different animal species.  This celebration of New Zealand explores the past, showcases the present, and focuses on the future - and invites everyone to play a role as kaitiaki (guardians) for our unique wildlife and wild places. Click here to view a photo gallery of Te Wao Nui...

Te Wao Nui's six habitats 

The Coast (Takutai)
Te Wao Nui - The Coast

The Islands (Moutere Rāhui)
Te Wao Nui - The Islands

The Wetlands (Ngā Repo)
Te Wao Nui - The Wetlands
The Night (Te Pō)
Te Wao Nui - The Night

The Forest (Te Wao Nui a Tāne)
Te Wao Nui - The Forest

The High Country (Whenua Waotū)
Te Wao Nui - The High Country

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.

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