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Vibrant data visualisations about Auckland fill the Rarau Mai Living City room. Surround yourself with data that reveals who we are as Aucklanders and the places we inhabit. Immerse yourself in the visualisations on the floor and find your neighbourhood using the interactive touchscreen to delve deeper into data about your area.
The Orange Ballroom on Auckland's Newton Road was a hub for music-lovers from all walks of life until it closed in the mid-1970s. A strict dress code was enforced and men couldn't get in unless they were wearing a tie. But you're in luck – there are enough crisp shirts, ties and swing skirts to go around in this dress-up-and-dance interactive.
See Auckland's many histories unfold around you inside Kei Konei Koe, a 360-degree immersive audio-visual experience situated in the heart of Tāmaki Herenga Waka. Push one of four illuminated buttons to select a chapter and be transported through time from the formation of the land and harbours through to the region we know today.
Tīvaevae are intricate, symmetrical works of art that can take months to lovingly stitch, but you can try your hand at designing a pattern with the help of some tricky mirrors. While you're at it, take a moment to appreciate the detail and skill in the tīvaevae by the Pacifica Mamas.
Take a moment to listen to the sometimes moving, sometimes funny, always enlightening first-person accounts of historic events and stories in Tāmaki Herenga Waka. Throughout the gallery, you'll see headphones connected to some displays, many featuring video.
Generations of Aucklanders have dedicated thousands of hours of mahi to secure the survival of our rare avian neighbours on Tiritiri Matangi. Find the bird wall and push the giant buttons to hear the birds sing. Bring your friends and whānau, too – the more hands, the greater the rewards.
While the first-ever Auckland Regatta was an informal affair raced on the day Auckland was established as the new capital, it really came into its own in the 1850s. Step into the spirit of that era by cranking the handle on this detailed Victorian-style diorama and watch the action above and below the surface of the water.
There's a lot more to the stories in Tāmaki Herenga Waka than will fit on a display label. Available in te reo Māori, English and Chinese Mandarin, this self-guided audio tour is launched from your own smartphone.