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Bugs About

Bugs About is a fantastic bug exhibit that consists of tarantulas, wetas, cockroaches, frogs, locusts and other insects and mini-beasts. Click on the links below to learn more about the Butterfly Creek bug collection.

Wētā are unique to New Zealand and Butterfly Creek is home to the largest of all the wētā species, the Little Barrier Giant Weta (wētāpunga). These mighty insects can weigh around 30 grams and can grow as long as 15 centimetres. Rats, stoats and massive habitat loss have almost wiped out the wētāpunga, but the team at Butterfly Creek, along with the Department of Conservation are doing their bit to help build up populations of this amazing insect again. Click here to read more about our Wētāpunga and conservation work.

Bug Encounters

Experience a bug encounter and get close to a tarantula or giant weta!

For full info on our Daily Encounters click here.

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