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Bug Lab

Bug Lab


  • Wed 20 Dec ’17 – Tue 31 Jul, 9:00am – 4:00pm


Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Rd, Western Springs Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult (15 years +): $18.50
  • Child (4 - 14 years): $13.00
  • Infant (0 - 3 years): $0.00
  • Senior: $16.00
  • Student: $16.00
  • Family Pass 1 - 1 Adult + 2 Children: $36.00
  • Family Pass 2 - 2 Adult + 2 Children: $50.00
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Coming to Auckland Zoo from the 20th of December, Bug Lab is a blockbuster science exhibition developed by New Zealand’s world-famous museum, Te Papa, with the Academy Award© winning Weta Workshop.

Featuring massive 3-D bug models within four magical chambers, Bug Lab is a spectacularly immersive and interactive experience for all ages that offers visitors the 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’s lightning-fast reflexes?

Every bug has a secret, and your goal is to discover it. Precision flight, mind control, swarm intelligence... bugs did it all first, and they’re still doing it better. What would the future look like if humans could match their brilliance?

"Bug Lab is an experience created by bugs to show humans their genius traits. For 450 million years, bugs have been getting smarter. From brain surgery to team work to the power of flight – they really can do it all. Now they're sharing their genius to help humans make the world a better place," Sir Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop.

Bug Lab + Auckland Zoo tickets also available.

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