29 June - 11 September 2019 | Golden Homes & Mitre 10 Mega Create Galleries

Entry by Donation

Bugs may have a reputation for being small, scaly and scary but some creepy crawlies are actually superheroes in disguise!

Bugs! Our Backyard Heroes is a family-friendly, hands-on educational experience that brings visitors face-to-face with some real live mini-monsters. The exhibition explores the secret world of bugs and the vital role they play in our lives without us even realising it! Featuring ‘Eugene’, the giant centipede, and his friends the tree wētā, stick insects, locusts, crickets, cockroaches and Avondale spiders, the exhibition also provides the opportunity for visitors to learn about the different native species of bugs in New Zealand and the sometimes precarious position they hold in the ecosystem.

There are plenty of hands-on activities for youngsters to get involved in, including how to become a citizen scientist and how bugs inspire those on the frontline of technology.

Developed and toured by Puke Ariki

Proudly supported by Ko Tātou This Is Us, Biosecurity New Zealand

Entry by Donation


Sunday 14 July 2019 | 1pm - 3pm

Join us in the July school holidays to make your own seed bomb, mini garden and bug hotel. Suitable for all ages.

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Every Monday during term time | 22 July - 9 September | 4pm - 4.30pm

Meet the bugs with a tour through the exhibition. Learn about good bugs and bad bugs and hear insights into the life of a bug. Suitable for ages 5-12 years.

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Sunday 18 August 2019 | 1pm

Come along to a Bad Bugs Biosecurity Session where you can learn how to protect Aotearoa against pests and diseases.

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