Te Papa Tongarewa, 12/2/16

After lunch, our RS group walked to to the National Museum of New Zealand, for a guided tour, which, along with the hearing devices we wear, allows us to get a real feel for what's being presented. Our tour guide, per usual, was spot-on. 

Just inside the entrance, is the impressive Gateway Arch, which was way too big for my camera, but you can see at least a little.  It's an amazing work of art.  The round disks are Pāua shells (the Māori name for abalone).

The tall critter on the right is an extinct Rhea.  I'm still chugging along!


The sign on top left reads:  The name of the meeting house is Te Hono ki Hawaiki, which means the link with the ancestral homelands.  The carvings depict the ancestors who make this living link.  This is a depiction of a native meeting house.  You can Google this to learn more about it.

Look at the wonderful custom-made carvings.

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Now on exhibit at Te Papa is the Gallipoli campaign of 1915-16.  Jimmy and another RS veteran, Ron, wanted to see it, which they did after our guided tour was finished. Everyone else scattered to check out what was particularly interesting to them.  I stayed away from Gallipoli (of which I knew nothing beforehand); it would be too hurtful for me to see. However, when it was time to leave, I had to find the two guys (who were still in there), and I was dumbstruck by the larger-than-life figures and the agonies they showed.  Yikes, pass the tissue! 

Gosh, what humans can do ....

Meanwhile, I was standing by the earthquake "center," aghast at the quake statistics for the day, below. Please notice the yearly total for last year ... 29,106 earthquakes!  Remember, this museum we're at is in Wellington, which really felt that big earthquake a couple of weeks ago.  Luckily, we didn't feel any earth movement while we were in NZ.  Sorry about the quality, the screen was hazy.  If you enlarge it, it's easier to look at.  Tomorrow should be a fascinating field trip as we go on a "fault" explore.

In late afternoon, we made our way back to our hotel, ogling these strange RV contraptions on display near the waterfront.  We'd had a terrific day, walked our little feet off again, and were ready to plop down and be fed (at the hotel dining room).  I recommend the museum if you're ever in the vicinity!

Ohhh, nice bay window!

We like Wellington!


  1. Love those motorhomes ... esp. that bay window section up front. We liked Wellington, too. Wish our visit there in 2017 arrived in the morning so we could have a 'usable' full day. We spent an entire day at Te Papa last year ... amazing museum, and it is free!!! With its connection to Turkey, the Gallipoli exhibit was of particular interest to us. Well done exhibit of a very sad chapter in the history of humanity. The battle did have its moments when the good side of humanity conquered ... like when truce was called briefly for Christmas dinner ... and when a Turkish soldier stepped out of a foxhole to carry a wounded ANZAC soldier across the lines to his comrades for care. The Gallipoli Battle sites and cemeteries in Turkey are a place of annual pilgrimage for both the Kiwis and the Ozzies.

  2. Wonderful stories and museum, Nickie. I am amazed that in the midst of your return home, Christmas preparations, and leaving again you are still blogging!!


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