Nurture your wellbeing in nature

Our wellbeing is a key part of keeping healthy and happy, and it's as easy as stepping out the door! Whether it's a stroll through the local park or watching the clouds, bringing nature into your everyday life is proven to improve your physical and mental well being!

While we are in lockdown, we can connect with nature in any Alert Level, and we have a range of activities that can be done online, at home, in your back garden or local to home. Check out these fun, free activities you and your whānau can enjoy this September!

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Explore nature with your whānau this September.

Humans are social creatures, it’s no wonder that we need to connect with others to feel happy and secure!

There’s no better way to connect with your whānau than in the great outdoors.

  • Watch a sunset with your whānau 
  • Check out the night whetu (stars)
  • Lie down and watch the iorangi (clouds)
  • Share kai outside

Hop, walk or have a little kanikani (dance)

Whether you’re hopping, walking or even having a little kanikani (dance) - movement and exercise helps to increase mental alertness, energy and positive mood.

Feel the wind on your face and grass under your feet as you explore your neighbourhood, it's aroaromahana (spring) after all. Catch a sunset, listen to the streams or even do a little yoga - every little bit counts.

Take notice of the world around you. 

Uncover the wild in your backyard, and in the putiputi (flowers) blooming!

Sometimes, living in cities and suburbs make recognising wildlife hard – but if you pause and pay attention, you might see something quite remarkable. 

  • What plants do you see? Pōhutukawa, harakeke, kōwhai
  • Can you see tiny critters crawling or flying about? Crickets, worms, skinks, butterflies, bees
  • Watch some of our animal cameras

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  1. This competition is open to New Zealand residents aged 14 years and above. 
  2. Employees or agencies associated with Auckland Zoo may not enter the competition. 
  3. Entrants may submit as many photos as they like, but they may not submit the same photo more than once. 
  4. Submitting an entry to the competition is done by using #WinWithAucklandZoo on a relevant post on Facebook and Instagram. 
  5. The competition is open to all photographers both amateur and professional. 
  6. Your entry must be your own work, must not be copied, must not contain any materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use, must not include any trade-marks, and must not show inappropriate or dangerous behaviour, or otherwise be obscene, defamatory, distasteful, offensive, or in breach of any applicable law or regulation. If Auckland Zoo has reason to believe your entry is not your own work or otherwise breaches these Terms and Conditions, it will be disqualified 
  7. The prizes are not transferable or exchangeable, and cannot be redeemed for cash. 
  8. If you have any questions about how to enter or in connection with this competition, please email us on
  9. Entrants into this competition shall be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions. 
  10. The competition entry photo must used activity described in our wellbeing resource.  

Conservation Week Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Tūroa 

We are celebrating New Zealand Conservation week from home this year across the 4–12 of September. 

Learn more about conservtion week with the Department of Conservation.

Māori Language Week Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 

We are celebrating Māori Language Week from home this year across the 13–19 of September. 

Learn more about Te Wiki o te Reo Māori with Te Taura Whiri.

Explore our te reo resources here

Te wiki o te reo Māori

Mental Health Awareness Week

We are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week from home this year across the 27 of September to the 3 of October. 

Learn more about conservtion week with The Mental Health Foundation .