Te Wao Nui’s The Wetlands recreates one of these special habitats. A towering waterfall cascades down the rock face, flowing into a pool that is home to many of our unique wading birds. Plant species, instantly recognisable to many will also feature here; from flax to manuka to kahikatea and the cabbage tree (tï köuka).
This habitat focuses on unveiling a world that many visitors will not recognise. Within this world, the mysterious underwater life of longfin eels will be brought into view. Often misunderstood, but with an important role in the environment, the eel is the perfect icon for New Zealand’s wetlands.