We took the grand kids to the museum on a wet, gloomy day. The Discovery World section was a surprise, it had the atmosphere of a community space, almost like the town square in warmer climates!
Every one was there with at least one child who was encouraged to pull, push, beat and explore the installations. There was a great science demo by an enthusiastic student who demonstrated the chill of outer space by freezing marshmallows in liquid nitrogen AND then handing them out to be tasted by the kids. Cool in every way!
The warmth of the Tropical Forest was welcome but soon became hot ( not the exhibit’s fault, we were dressed for Dunedin weather). The huge space is full of huge leafy plants, ponds, walkways and a very tall waterfall. There even is a wobbly suspended footbridge on the mezzanine level. The butterflies were enchanting, one in particular, who came close enough for long enough to mesmerize the baby. Some tropical forest ground dwelling animals were spotted too and a great time was had by all. Even spotted a Quail or two. See the website at http://www.otagomuseum.govt.nz