How to play
The mission of Habitat is to:
- keep your polar bear healthy and happy
- play in-game missions
- do real life actions at home or in your community, like recycling, composting and turning lights off
- visit nature locations in Wellington to collect virtual habitat pins.
View tutorials and learn how to play.
Get out and explore – find, collect and trade virtual Habitat pins
The Wellington region is the only place in New Zealand that virtual pins can be found.
Your mission is to encourage family/whanau to take you (and your device) to the nature locations listed below and find and collect the 14 habitat pins located in the Wellington region. Use the map within the game to navigate your way. This can be found by clicking on the globe icon found at bottom right of the screen, then click ‘search pins near me’ button.
When a player is within 20 m of a Habitat hotspot location, they’ll receive an alert on their device letting them know they are close to the hotspot and the name of the pin that is up for grabs. As they move closer to the pins location, a ‘tap to collect’ an alert will come up. Click on this, and the pin is awarded.
Players are able to collect multiple pins of each species, one every 30 minutes. There are bonus points to collect by answering a quiz related to the animal/plant on the pin. Hint: To find the quiz, go into your pin gallery, touch the pin, swipe to the right and the quiz will appear – it’s a great way to learn more and earn extra points.
Pins can then be traded with players across the world. Visit this tutorial to learn more about trading.
Keep track of your pins
Your virtual pin collection stays within your game profile stored on your device.
To see all the pins available in Wellington, view and print this poster (PDF, 491K) for your wall and tick them off as you collect them.
You can view the pins available around the world on the Habitat website.
Location of pins in the Wellington Region
Find the North Island kaka pin at Zealandia
There are currently 14 pins scattered across the Wellington region. There are more pins coming soon, check back here regularly.
There is a map showing habitat pins locations within the game. Click on the globe icon, bottom right of screen and ‘search pins near me’. Navigate your way.
Location: Island Bay Snorkel Trail
Pin to collect: Blue cod/rawaru
Location: Island Bay Marine Education Centre
Pin to collect: Octopus/wheke
Location: Sirens Rocks, Taputeranga Marine Reserve
Pin to collect: Starfish/Patangaroa
Location: Wellington Zoo
Pin to collect: Sasa the sun bear
Find Sasa the sun bear pin at Wellington Zoo
Location:Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre
Pin to collect: Manakura the white kiwi
Location:Khandallah Park, Woodmancote Road
Pin to collect: Koura
Location: Otari-Wilton’s Bush, 160 Wilton Road
Pin to collect: Silver Tree Fern/Ponga
Pins to collect: Tuatara, stitchbird/hihi and the New Zealand wood pigeon/kererū
Find manukura the white kiwi pin at Pukaha Mount Bruce
Location: Whitireia Park, Te Onepoto Road entrance. Walk along track until intersection with the Te Onepoto Bay loop track
Pin to collect: Oystercatcher
Location:Wainuiomata Recreation Area, intersection of Gums Loop and Nikau track.
Pin to collect: North Island Brown Kiwi
Location: Waitangi Park
Pins to collect: Little blue penguin/kororā and the long-finned eel/tuna kuwharuwharu
Location: Owhiro Bay Car Park, Intersection of Owhiro Bay Parade and Happy Valley Road.
Pin to collect: New Zealand Fur Seal/kekeno
Warning: If you want to see a seal up close, walk further along the coast towards Red Rocks, a 45-60 minute walk.
Find the oystercatcher pin at Whitireia Park
From May to October (and often beyond) you’ll see many male seals. (Those who haven’t managed to mate this season). You'll need to look carefully, as they like to merge into the rocks. Keep your distance and find out how to observe seals and how you can help.
Make the most of your visit
The location of the Habitat pins you are searching for are home to the species on the pin as well as many other plants and animals. When visiting the nature locations in search of Habitat pins, you are not guaranteed to see the animal, but observe and respect the habitat where this animal lives.
Enjoy exploring nature and make sure you remember to use all of your senses!
Exploring rock pools
When collecting the Starfish/Patangaroa pin, you are at Sirens Rocks. Parents, we encourage you to take your children onto the rocks and let them explore. See what they can find when they pick up rocks and shells and examine the undersides, but always replace them as you found them. Put safety first - the weather conditions can change quickly, so be careful.
For more information about exploring the South Coast rock pools see Taputeranga South Coast rock pools and Northern New Zealand rocky shore guide.
To get up close and personal with a variety of sea creatures, visit Island Bay Marine Education Centre or snorkel the Island Bay Snorkel Trail.
Keep learning, keep discovering
Children are hungry for knowledge and learn best by exploring. Parents, encourage your child’s curiosity with the natural world by supporting them to research species and their habitats and taking them to nature locations near you. We encourage you to discover the world where you live.
You could get started here:
About the game
Habitat the game is a free interactive mobile game designed to teach 7 to 12 year olds across the world ecologically sustainable habits and conservation behaviours. In the vein of the Tamagotchi play craze of the 90s, the aim of the game is to undertake actions to keep an endangered animal alive.
The game is capturing attention across the world as unlike most others, children are rewarded ‘in game’ for their real world behaviours and for visiting nature locations.
Habitat was developed by Elevator Entertainment and is played in 15 countries across the world. DOC, Wellington Regional Council, Wellington City Council, Zealandia, WWF NZ, Wellington Zoo and Pukaha Mount Bruce have partnered with Habitat the Game to bring it to New Zealand.
The game can be played across New Zealand, but currently there are only habitat pins for collection in the Wellington region.
For more information about game development and FAQ’s for parents including privacy, see the Habitat the Game website or visit the official blog.
Technology needed to play Habitat
Habitat is a multi-platform game that can be played on smartphones, tablets and online. The game is free, with no in-app purchases and available in the App store on your device. Search ‘Habitat the Game’ in your app store.
Smartphones include iOS and Android. (iOS: requires iOS 4.3 or later and Android: OS 2.3.1 or later; ARMv7 (Cortex) CPU; OpenGL ES 2.0 or later).
For technical difficulty or questions/feedback email firstname.lastname@example.org