One of the best museums I've seen in my life, and also free entrance, with a fully interactive and multidisciplinary concept, from the science behind the volcanic origin of New Zealand, earthquake simulation included, to a selection of wildlife of land and sea, and the largest squid ever discovered. The sections include anthropological collections of Polynesian culture and migration to New Zealand. You need about 4 hours to really see the museum.
We approached the cultural and political capital of the North Island, Wellington, a comfortable city with its bay, surrounded by a rural setting of tranquil villages, sheep farms and many vineyards. Since 1990, it has been a vibrant culutral capital, with its Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum, divided into five sections on the different floors. There's also an important Maori temple, Te Marae, and more fascinating cultural hotspots. One unmissable trip is the cable car to Wellington Botanical Gardens, with nice views of the bay and the city. And to finish the day, there are plenty of pubs ...
The 2 tourist train tours of New Zealand are the TranzAlpine and TranzCoastal, both in the South Island, but they are very expensive and touristy, with people crowding round the car to take photos. I "discovered" a path that does not lag behind them in beauty, and it only costs € 4, the commuter train that connects with Paraparaumu Wellington, West Coast. First you will find the ocean at your right, then the Bay of Wellington which you pass by later at your left.
Special and interesting, this building is located in the square, which is connected to the port of Lambton via a bridge over the sea. The bridge is decorated with Maori works. The buildings around the square are: The Michael Fowler Centre, which hosts concerts and art exhibitions, the central library, the City Gallery, a science museum for children called Capital Discovery Place, and the visitor centre. It is worth visiting, with so many different things to do and see.
Brigadesmen Fire Museum shows visitors the development of the fire service in the area of Wellington. It has on display uniforms, equipment, books and documents. It also shows personal photos, medals and certificates to former members of the original volunteer fire brigade, the father figure of permanent and volunteer brigades today.
This museum, The National Observatory of New Zealand, is in Wellington. Very soon you will be able to make a virtual journey through space in Carter's new planetarium, a complete state-of-the-art digital dome theater, then you'll take your own steps in outer space as you walk through the world-class interactive multimedia space experience.
The building is situated in Thorndon, is classified as Category I or places of special or outstanding historical or cultural significance, or heritage value, historic place by the New Zealand Historic Places. It is open to the public, having been restored and decorated by the Birthplace of Katherine Mansfield Society Incorporated, founded by Oroya Day.