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Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo

20 Dec 2017 - 26 Aug 2018


Wednesday 20 December 2017, 9.30am - Sunday 26 August 2018, 5.30pm

  • Opening hours: 9.30am-5.30pm daily

Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland

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Purchase Bug Lab exhibition only tickets or upgrade to a Bug Lab exhibition + Auckland Zoo entry combo ticket:

  • Bug Lab exhibition:
    • Adult $18.50
    • Child (14 & under) $13
    • Senior/Student (with ID) $16.50
    • Family Pass 1 (1A+2C) $36
    • Family Pass 2 (2A+2C) $50
    • Infant (under 4yo) free
  • Bug Lab exhibition + Auckland Zoo entry: 
    • Adult $35.50
    • Child (14 & under) $17.50,
    • Senior/Student (with ID) $28.50
    • Family Pass 1 (1A+2C) $65
    • Family Pass 2 (2A+2C) $95
    • Infant (under 4yo) free

This exhibition will have session times available – pre-book online prior to your visit



The blockbuster science exhibition Bug Lab is on at Auckland Zoo – its first showing in Auckland, and its last before it tours overseas!

Bug Lab has been developed by New Zealand’s world-famous museum Te Papa, with the Academy Award-winning Weta Worskhop.

Featuring giant-scale bug models within four magical chambers, it's a spectacularly immersive and interactive experience, offering visitors a unique opportunity to learn from the genius of bugs.

Enter the ‘operating theatre’ of the iridescent jewel wasp and witness her turn a cockroach into a zombie – to feed the kids of course.

Help the Japanese honeybees defeat the giant hornet, their greatest enemy. Test yourself against the bugs with games of skill – can you beat the orchid mantis’ lightning-fast reflexes?

The zoo is housing Bug Lab in a special new multi-purpose exhibition space. As well as experiencing Bug Lab, during its time here, visitors to the zoo can look forward to some up-close and personal daily keeper encounters with some very beautiful live bugs – including some of Aotearoa’s own unique invertebrates.

Auckland Zoo will also be hosting Bug Lates (R18) and Zoo Lates (all ages), a chance to visit this exhibition outside of our standard hours. 

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