"It's exciting to be launching this tri-lingual app. It is the United Nation's Year of Indigenous Languages and we are committed to working successfully with Treaty of Waitangi partners in nature every day."

DOC Partnerships Director General Michelle Palmer

"Our Destination AKL 2025 Strategy addresses our commitment to enhancing the digital connectivity for Aucklanders and visitors alike. This app provides an opportunity to further raise awareness of Māori tourism and culture as an important component of Auckland's distinct identity, and in turn remind visitors and New Zealanders of the unique nature of our region."

ATEED General Manager Destination Steve Armitage

Pūkete Taiao o Tāmaki Makaurau

Ever wondered what some of New Zealand’s native species, places and spaces are in Te Reo Māori, or Mandarin and how to pronounce them?

The fantail, pīwakawaka or 扇尾鹟 is just one of many native species found in Tāmaki Makaurau that’s now also found on a new trilingual nature app.

In a world first, New Zealand’s Department of Conservation, with the support of Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development, has launched a nature app that incorporates Te Reo Māori, Chinese and English translations.

Named Pūkete Taiao o Tāmaki Makaurau – the language of nature in Auckland – the app offers a destination experience with an interactive map as well as built-in tips when visiting Auckland’s iconic green and blue spaces. Species information includes the Māori name, the image and, in the case of native birds, their call.

The app offers a modern user experience accompanied with vibrant graphics to showcase that engaging with nature can be fun and accessible.


  • Swipe-to-Read™
  • Touch-to-Hear™
  • Touch-to-Spell™
  • Record your narration
  • Multiple languages