As dusk falls, gather the whānau together for an adventure in the bush, at this celebration of light, flight and birdsong from the makers of 2014 Festival hit Power Plant. This time the team has been joined by New Zealand artists to create an enchanting walk-through art experience in the native forest of Otari-Wilton’s Bush.

Whether it’s our iconic kiwi or Sirocco the superstar kākāpō, Angry Birds or Twitter, we have a special connection with our feathered friends. Through ingenious use of light, sound and moving sculpture, the artists will get you thinking about the mystery and beauty of the avian world — and why it should be protected.

Take some time out from the madness of modern life to wander through the night and celebrate these wonders of nature.


  • This is an all-weather event and will proceed unless you are advised otherwise.

  • Please wear appropriate footwear. There are steps and hills on the walk.

  • This event is great for kids, but avoid prams or strollers as the track is not suitable in parts.

  • Limited free parking will be provided at Ian Galloway Park with a shuttle to the start of the walk. Please allow at least 30 minutes before your session time for this.

  • If you can, use alternative forms of transport. The No 14 bus travels between Rongotai and Wilton via the central city. To plan your journey or for more information about public transport, please visit or call Metlink on 0800 801 700.

Due to the steep nature of the environment for For The Birds, a separate mobility route will be available. Whilst the route does not contain steps, it is made of gravel and contains some slopes. As the route is significantly shorter, it has been set at the lower price of $10 per person. To book this route, please contact Ticketek directly via 0800 842 538. Bookings for the 8:45pm session each evening may be made online. 

Discover more

Gallery of Matt Grace show photographs.

A must-see wonderland, says Theatreview review.

A new look at a space we may have taken for granted, says Groove FM review.

For the Birds feature on Stuff with great video and pictures.

Mark Anderson, Jony Easterby and Kathy Hinde interviewed on RNZ National's Saturday Morning with Kim Hill.

The night is like an oil painter’s canvas for the artists behind For the Birds  — Jony Easterby interviewed in ARTicle.

Thursday 03 Mar –
Saturday 19 Mar
Except Mondays

Sessions start every 15 minutes from 8pm until 10.15pm