Take a journey this summer through the spectacular environments of Aotearoa, from ancient native forest, wetlands, coastal bays, and more. As you journey your way through these natural worlds, can you discover and seek out who calls them home?
Join the National Aquarium as we proudly bring you 'Hide and Seek,' a collaboration with author and illustrator Ned Barraud and publishers Potton & Burton. Utilising Ned's captivating illustrations, unearth all the taonga (treasured) creatures hidden inside the aquarium and accept the challenge to explore Napier and search for species that have been introduced to New Zealand. Don't forget to book a 'Rocky Shore Explore' experience or a Nature Journal session with our team.
Don't miss out on the Nature Journal Making sessions, where you can craft your very own summer discovery journal with 30 nature-based activities. Create one for yourself or as a Christmas present for a friend or whānau member.
When: 10.30am - 12pm, 16 - 23 December (excluding Sunday 17 Dec)
Cost: $5 per journal (spaces are limited, booking essential)
Where: Education Room, National Aquarium of New Zealand
Note: Does not include general admission into the National Aquarium
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Embark on a quest around Napier's iconic attractions! Find eight invasive species, beautifully illustrated by Ned Barraud, and cleverly hidden in plain sight. Just scan the QR codes at each location to enter our Hide & Seek competition and to learn more about each species. You might just win one of three incredible prize packs! Competition runs 16 December to 31 January.More Info
Ready for a seaside adventure? Join our marine experts for a Rocky Shore Explore session. Discover the mysteries above and below the water with our mobile science lab equipped with microscopes, digital screens and all sorts of other gadgets. Then enjoy a morning or afternoon tea with our team. This is a great activity for all ages and you’ll be surprised what you’ll discover. Limited spaces are available, bookings are essential.
When: 27 December - 30 January (times vary based on tides)
Where: Hardinge Road, Ahuriri.
Cost: $25 (per person)
Book: View dates and book online.
Become an explorer within the walls of our aquarium! Discover eight enchanting native species, beautifully illustrated by Ned Barraud, that are hidden around the aquarium. Complete the activity sheet, submit your answers, and enter the draw for a chance to win one of three fantastic prize packs.
As you explore, be on the lookout for enlarged pages from Ned's books, turning your visit into a fun seek-and-find scavenger hunt.
This activity runs 16 December - 18 February.
Based in Wellington, Ned Barraud is an illustrator and author with a passion for bringing the wonders of Aotearoa's biodiversity to life. He has created numerous enchanting children's books including "New Zealand’s Backyard Beasts" and "Where Is It?", a wildlife hunt designed specifically for Kiwi kids. Ned's artistic and storytelling finesse have made him a beloved figure in children's literature, and his dedication to promoting awareness of our natural treasures aligns perfectly with our ‘Hide & Seek’ activities this summer.
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