I am still in Wellington New Zealand for one more day. I have heard good things about the Te Papa Museum so that is today’s destination.
First I stop for a fancy breakfast and coffee.
The museum is in walking distance from my hotel so I stroll around town on the way there.
I am obsessed with these crossing lights. The stop is a man and the go is a lady. I am the weirdo taking pictures of the walk signal.
Te Papa museum is by the water.
The first section I visit is the Nature section, or the section dedicated to things natural to New Zealand such as volcanos, earthquakes and birds and other wildlife.
I am obsessed with this slimy sucker, something out of a science fiction movie.
And of course I have to check out the kiwis, birds I still have not seen alive.
And some bigger dumb birds with little or no arms.
The star of this exhibit is the humongous squid. It is what nightmares are made of.
There is a very impressive Maori exhibit. (For the most part photos are not allowed inside). I learned many things about the Pacific peoples who came to inhabit New Zealand. I even tried to learn some new words
I loved the section that contained portraits of Maori tattoos. The exhibit explained the meaning behind the tattoos. They were beautiful to see.
Kaleidoscope: Abstract Aotearoa
The modern art exhibit bursts with color.
While at the Weta Workshop yesterday I heard our guide mention the Gallipoli exhibit at the Te Papa. The workshop is responsible for designing the characters from this exhibit that shows the struggle troops from New Zealand dealt with during World War I.
It is also at this museum that I learn that I can probably never immigrate to New Zealand due to my “advanced age”. Maybe I’ll end up in a highly desired employment someday or some cute kiwi wants to help give me citizenship 😉
After the museum I stop at Mr Go’s restaurant for some Asian dishes.
I wander some more around town.
And stop for one last beer at Fortune Favours at their nice upstairs taproom.
It is back to the hotel for me to pack up and get back on the road tomorrow. I head next to Rotorua.