Ever witnessed the first flight of a butterfly? Be there for that special moment and help release the young butterflies to take flight in the Tropical Forest. Join us every morning to learn about the amazing transformation butterflies go through before they can take flight!
FREE with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
Discovery World Science Show
What is fun? Being daring or having a laugh? Quiet times alone or hanging out with friends? Stimulate your senses to discover what happens in your body when you're having fun – you’ll never be bored again!
Marine Protection in Otago
In this series, meet an expert, become involved in interesting research, be inspired to explore today's issues and learn how to take part in research projects around the globe.
Ellen Sima from the Museum's Natural Science team speaks about the changing perceptions of the ocean and how this impacts public support for marine protection.
NHNZ Film Screening
Using archive footage, computer animation and expert interviews, we investigate the anatomy of a tsunami and build a picture of the ultimate disaster, a hypothetical mega-tsunami!
Entry by gold coin donation
Lectures and Workshop Series
Explore the factors that shaped how people arranged, furnished and decorated their homes during Victorian and Edwardian times in Dunedin, illustrated by early photographs from the Hocken Collections. Dunedin domestic interiors from 1865 to 1915 will be presented by Anna Petersen, Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Hocken Collections of the University of Otago Library.
Lectures and Workshop Series
From the 1920s the appearance and planning of houses changed greatly, driven by new technology and fashions. Michael Findlay, design historian and Professional Practice Fellow at the University of Otago's Department of Applied Sciences will use examples from Dunedin to show these trends in action in his lecture The modern house in Dunedin 1920–1950.
Canterbury Quakes Explained
In the fourth Royal Society Ten by Ten talk, Principal GNS Scientist Dr Martin Reyners reveals how his research in subduction zones has explained some of the more puzzling features of the Canterbury earthquakes: why there was a long delay between the large earthquakes, why they involved so much shaking, and why they migrated to the east.
Dr Reyners describes how Marsden-funded research was able to three-dimensionally model the rock structure under New Zealand, and explains why our tectonic plates are locked together in some places and not in others.
Research Your Home Workshop
Due to popular demand the Research Your Home Workshop is returning!
Ever wondered about the story of your house? Heritage New Zealand is hosting a workshop, alongside presenters from Archives New Zealand and the DCC Archives, on how to research the history of your home. Get the inside scoop on go-to sources, and don't forget to bring your questions as you join us for a relaxed wander through the records of yesteryear.
Tea and coffee provided.
Certificates of titles and deed books
Certificates of Title, deed books, survey plans at Archives New Zealand with Amy Coleman
More about survey plans
Rates books, valuation rolls and other useful records at the DCC Archives with Alison Breese
Questions and Round up