We were on a Royal Carribean cruise from Hawaii to Australia and had a one day to spent in Wellington. We decided not to join any of the expensive tours offered by the cruise company, but instead to go to the Te Papa Museum. An excellent choice : probably no better place to have an introduction to New Zealands' history, from the early Maori and Ploynesian settlers and explorers to the European immigrants. The bilingual explanation is unique and pays tribute to a long undervalued Maori culture.
In addition there are special exhibits some which seemed worthwhile. The only drawback is that with nice weather you do not see much of the sunshine, except if you make a special effort to go to the roof-terrace; even thou it was cool and windy, we went there to enjoy the view over the city and the harbor. The architecture of the building is a real asset, unlike most of the new buildings in Wellington which show only bland pseudo-modernism.
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