After celebrating the new year eve in Wellington last night, we prepared our things and are waiting for our flight home around noon. In order to kill some time, we decided to wander around the CBD again to see if there’s anyone on a new year’s day.
The city is pretty much dead on a new year’s day. Anyway, since the nearest attraction to us is the Te Papa Museum, we decided to check it out. The great thing about this place is the free entry and its open 365 days a year!!
Te Papa Museum
Te Papa provides museum services that contribute to the Government's outcome of preserving and presenting the taonga (treasures) of the peoples, interpreting the heritage of New Zealand for national and international audiences.
It offers visitors a unique and authentic experience of the country's treasures and stories. In over five floors, one can explore the nation's nature, art, history, and heritage - from the shaping of its land to the spirit of its diverse peoples, from its unique wildlife to its distinctive art and visual culture.
All the interactive exhibits are highly technologically advanced and I think they functioned well in educating the visitors.
Real life replicas are also a common scene in the museum. During our visit, we were also lucky to catch the Colossal Squid exhibition. The exhibition showed the squid’s journey from Antarctica to Te Papa, the conservation efforts, its anatomy and habitat.
On display were also the museum’s effort in establishing New Zealand’s place in the world through contextualising their heritage within the heritage of other cultures. Exhibits include the transformation of New Zealand, the Waitangi Treaty, the influx of migrants and many more.
And if you are already being blown away by all the interactive displays or your brain is over flown with too much information, you can relax at the lounge for a cup of coffee.
Leaving the museum, we head back to our hotel before catching a taxi to the airport. Good bye New Zealand!!