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Sea snakes and kraits in New Zealand

It's a common misconception that New Zealand has no snakes, but it's not the truth. Marine snakes, or sea snakes, are seen regularly in the waters around northern New Zealand.

Bluebottle Physalia physalis

New Zealanders like to pride themselves on living in a country with no harmful animals such as poisonous snakes or grizzly bears. But it is a different story in the ocean.

Spring flowers in Auckland Domain

Find out about a few plants very close to Auckland Museum, and learn about the language botanists use to describe introduced species.

Ancient currency or petrified food?

Sometimes, human history and natural history are neatly entwined, as was recently discovered when researching a pair of disc-shaped fossil specimens.

The Huia

​In a country known globally for its unique bird diversity and the tragic loss of its birdlife following human arrival, no species resonates more in the stories of the formation of our nation than the huia.​

Te Wai (Water)

Water is a defining feature of Auckland. Both wai māori (fresh) and wai tai (salty), it nourishes and refreshes us, and in return requires looking after. Without water, the huarahi (roads) would be even more congested and our tūpuna (ancestors) might never have arrived here.

Antarctic geological connections

Most of the Antarctic rock specimens at Auckland Museum are from Ross Island and McMurdo Sound, and a number were collected during the Scott or Shackleton Expeditions.

Rare books and conchology

Auckland Museum holds a fascinating collection of old, rare books on conchology. These books are as interesting for recording scientific developments and discoveries as they are for their illustrated plates.

Thomas Cheeseman's window into Auckland's biological past

Hidden behind the popular natural history displays at the Auckland Museum sits an even more important resource - a carefully catalogued library of Auckland bird and plant life. It provides a poignant window into Auckland’s biological past.