Frequently asked questions
Do we need a torch? Will the car park be open? What should we wear? We answer your questions so you can make the most of your Night at Auckland Museum experience.
When is it?
Monday 10, Saturday 15, Sunday 16, Tuesday 18 and Saturday 22 July, from 6pm - 8.30pm. Museum doors open at 5.45pm (for access to the Atrium only).
Which entrance do I use?
Enter the Museum via the Atrium, which is on the southern side of the building.
How much is it?
Advance tickets are $20 for adults and children (free for 3 years and under), and $18 for Institute Members. A discounted price of $18 per person applies to groups of 10 people or more. Advance tickets can be purchased here
Door sales are $25 each or $20 for Institute Members (subject to availability). No group discount is available for door sales.
A booking fee of $3 applies to each offsite transaction. Door sales subject to availability.
What age is it suitable for?
This programme should have something for visitors of all ages. The most suitable age group is between 5 and 12 years
How do I book?
Contact our bookings team on 306 7048 or book online.
Will the car park be open?
Yes, the Museum’s underground car park will be open for the evening, at a special discounted rate of $10. As usual there will be free parking up to 180 minutes around the Museum and the Domain.
What do we need to bring?
Torches! For safety reasons, we will keep the lights on low, but it will still be darker than usual inside the Museum. A torch will help you navigate your way around.
What should we wear?
Get dressed up! There will be spot prizes for the best Wild Things costumes on the night.
It can get very warm inside the Museum at night, so it’s best to bring layered clothing. And leave your high heels at home. There is a cloakroom in the Atrium. Lockers are operated with a gold coin, which is refundable when your belongings are collected.
How does the evening progress?
You will be given a special Wild Things map to help you navigate the galleries and discover the characters at your own pace. When you have explored to your heart’s content you can leave whenever you like.
Don’t forget to hand in your completed passport on your way out to go into the draw for an awesome prize pack.
Is it a guided tour?
No, you choose your own route around the Museum and explore at your own pace.
What's happening on the night?
Be greeted by the intrepid Grizzly Bakes, not to be confused with Bear Grylls. Grizzly is a 'Survival Consultant' and will give you tips on how to survive our Night at Auckland Museum: Wild Things.
Be bugged by lovely, hairy, scary, cold and warm-blooded beasties from the wild with Hands On Creatures and their professional bug-man, Brian.
Talk to the folk at Forest & Bird and discover the great conservation work going on in Auckland, including the reintroduction of the kōkako into the Waitakeres.
What is CITES? It's a convention to stop the international trade of endangered species. See examples of banned items that people try to bring into New Zealand. Discover what not to buy on your tourist travels.
And get to hear wild tales from the “horse’s” mouth with our wonderful animals characters…
• Did you know that tūī can talk? It's true, meet our beautiful Tūī who'll tell you all about what a clever species they are - you just try and stop her.
• Hawksbill turtles may be critically endangered but that hasn't crushed their spirit. Meet Aukai, who has stories and unexpected talents to share with you.
• Should kiore (Pacific rats) be eradicated from New Zealand? This introduced rodent has had an impact on native species. But our kiore will try to change your mind - see it from the pest's perspective.
• Are polar bears just humans in a fur coat? Find out as you meet Nanook, our chilled out polar bear on a break from seal hunting.
• Meet Tua the orangutan, who has come down from the tree house to teach you a thing or two about how clever her species are, including the art of nest building!
• Why are pandas black and white? Find out straight from the horse's, I mean panda's, mouth tonight.
• And find out about our conservation plan for Basil, our dinosaur. He may be extinct in the wild, but we haven’t given up on his species yet!
What adult-children ratio do you recommend for the event?
We recommend one adult for a maximum of five kids, as this event is self-guided.
Are we allowed to bring food and drink?
No food or drink will be available on the night so bring your own supplies! You are welcome to make use of the Kai Room as a place to eat. The Kai Room is on the first floor, above the Atrium, and next to Weird & Wonderful. Please be aware of the following restrictions: The Kai Room is not a bookable space; food cannot be left unattended; candles on cakes cannot be lit anywhere in the building; no decorations, such as banners, party poppers or balloons can be used.
No food or drink may be consumed in the Museum galleries.