Some great attractions here, a shop full of goodies and a cafe - what more is required?! Seems very popular with the locals and their families. Recommended.
We didn't even get to the museum part. We had afternoon tea and a snack (fab cheese rolls) (if you don't know what a cheese roll is, go to the south of NZ and buy one straight away). The shop is full of great toys, jewellery, cards and thingamebobs. great fun.
We were most attracted to the "Animal Attic" and spent a good deal of time there. This is time-travel back to the museums of your youth (assuming you are a Baby Boomer): stuffed animals in glass cases, eggs arranged in order of size, butterflies and beetles stuck on pins, birds perched on branches, etc. This was one of the earlier... More
What a great place to visit, for free. History, Culture, Animals, Insects, Maritime and Army displays plus Transport and Old Time Costumes, Ancient Chinese and Mummy displays as well, worth a look. A modern well thought out building, 3 floors of exquisite things to see and do plus for a small fee, a tropical butterfly area, amazing, and a science... More
what a great place to fill in time when the weather is cold outside The butterfly house was incredible and worth the entry fee
Plenty to see here in this well laid out facility, very impressed and free! Children friendly, the animal area was lovely and the maritime displays very impressive, the visiting display of chinese clothing was also impressive, a very nice museum and cafe in the entrance area.
OK... I titled it this way because all the surrounding reviews are about the butterfly enclosure. So... we didn't even do that part - and we spent about 3 hours there. So... let's talk about the rest: 1.) The Moriori history and current status was fascinating for us. This is about a small group of people local to the area... More
We were lucky enough to win a guided tour family pass to the Tropical Butterfly House. It is the tallest butterfly house in NZ (or Australaisa), obviously it is very hot, but our guide was very informative and helpful. We also visited the interactive area for the kids (& grown-ups) and had heaps of fun there. Although we never had... More
The butterfly enclosure is fantastic. Along the way as you go through the museum there are little activities to help keep kids amused.Quite spacious and access is fine for wheelchairs, elderly etc.
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