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Te Taiao After Dark

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8 days ago, Fri 14 Feb 2020, 07:00 pm


8 days ago, Fri 14 Feb 2020, 10:30 pm


Te Papa
55 Cable Street


Arts Culture, Free Entry Event, Recreational,


Wheelchair access, Accessible toilets, Mobility parking



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Te Papa

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’Eel the love for Te Papa's new natural history zone Te Taiao - Nature at this free, adults-only late night. After dark we’ll be exploring love and sex in Te Taiao with talks, crafts, music, live science and more. Bring a date, bring your mates, or come alone on Friday 14 February, 7.00pm–10.30pm.

Discover the sexy side of Te Taiao | Nature at this free, adults-only late night.

  • Join a sex ed class with a Te Taiao twist
  • Sculpt a plant’s reproductive system
  • Play a fishy speed dating game
  • Dance an albatross mating dance
  • Go on a late night tour of bush city and learn all about how plants get it on
  • Enjoy a drink, listen to some jazz, and explore Te Taiao | Nature after dark.

Bring a date, bring your mates, or come alone… there’s plenty of hagfish in the sea.



Wellington Foyer

7.15pm: The Kinky Kākāpō Band: Callum Allardice and Friends

8.45pm: Join Barbarian Productions for an Albatross Mating Dance

9.15pm: Sexy jazz with The Lauren Armstrong Quartet

All night: VJ Charley Draper deep dives into Te Papa’s Collections Online

Sex ed classes

Te Papa Hui | Backyard

Birds do it, bees do it – but how exactly? Go back to high school with Fishhook’s sex ed classes.

Classes are 45 minutes (including mat time and homework).

Please note: due to lack of interpreter availability, we are unable to offer NZSL interpretation at this event. 

7.30pm: Bug Sex with Dr Phil (not that Dr Phil)

8.30pm: The Love Zone: Inanga (Whitebait) Spawning with Mountains to Sea

9.30pm: Sexy Climate Change with Fishhook

Fin’der: Fishy Speed Dating

Whare Rākau | Treehouse

Drop in, all night

There’s plenty of fish in the sea, and we’re welcoming back our friends from Fishhook to help you go fishing, have a play on Fin’der, and see if you can find your perfect catch.

Craft: Plants Are Doin’ It Too  

Wellington Foyer

Drop in, all night

It’s not just insects and animals having all the fun – plants are doin’ it too! Find out which native plant you are, learn about its reproductive cycle, then get hands on and sculpt your own model.

Night Tours: Plants are Doin’ it Too

Bush City (Meet in Wellington Foyer)

Limited spaces, sign up on the night



Botany Curator Dr Leon Perrie knows a lot about how plants reproduce – especially ferns! Go on a special late night expedition into Bush City with Leon and ask everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how plants get it on.

Please note there are limited spaces available for these tours, sign up on the night so you don’t miss out!

Food and Drink

Available all night at the pop-up bar in Wellington Foyer.


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