Enter a rainforest teeming with tropical life!

A lush, living tropical environment, the Tropical Forest brings you face to face with hundreds of beautiful, live exotic butterflies.

The Forest is also home to other hot-weather-happy inhabitants, including birds, fish and turles. With a wide variety of plants including orchids and bananas, the Tropical Forest is a paradise for any gardener.

Experience the Forest from above, through its centre, from the stunning glass swing bridge and at the forest floor. The Tropical Forest is the only three-level, live butterfly experience in Australasia. Always warm (around 28°C) and humid (about 75% humidity), the Tropical Forest is Dunedin’s hottest attraction!

First Flight

Every morning at 11.00am, and 11.00am and 1.30pm weekends and holidays, our newly emerged butterflies take their first flight in the Forest. Visitors are invited to help release them – witnessing the young butterflies as they take flight for the very first time. There's no need to book and this spectacular butterfly experience is free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission.

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Kids and adults alike will switch on to science in this fully interactive space. 

Explore the realms of physics, technology and more. Warp yourself with our trick mirror, be in a bubble, stamp out a tune on the giant foot-piano, challenge your friends to relax with our mindball challenge and experiment with electricity in the plasma room!

Take some time to connect with science and discover its integral place in your life.

Science Shows

Science is brought to life in Discovery World Science Shows, featuring live experiments and exciting science demos. Catch a science show when you visit – they're on every Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am and 3pm, and daily during the school holidays. 

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You can purchase Discovery World Tropical Forest tickets online before your Museum visit or on arrival at the Discovery Desk on Level 1.



Child (2–15)


Student/seniors/community card holders (with ID)


1 adult + 3 children 


2 adults + 2 children 


Child prices are for ages 2 to 15. Under 2s are free. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.