A Day Of Art And Culture

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It was another beautiful day following a not so beautiful night. I was windy and rained all night last night. The tent I borrowed is a little old and started to rip in the wind. I woke up in the middle of the night wet and cold. I curled up into a little ball in the dry corner of the tent and slept as well as I could.

I got up and started to head off to wellington, of course stopping occasionally for photos and filming. It was still raining a bit but as the sun came out the clouds started to go away. I made it to wellington and followed signs to the new zealand museum, also known as Te Papa. Although I had no idea when I entered, it was FREE. Woohoo! This musuem was wonderful and I would have gladly paid to see it. Inside there were tons of exhibits all about new zealand, its animals, history, and of course maori culture.
There were also several art exhibitions that were very cool. I spent several hours inside.

At times it got a little depressing. They showed maps of the country before people settled and maps of current day showing how much forest and natural resources had been depleted. I also saw tons of beautiful animals, like the dodo, that were now extinct. Concentrating on the brighter side I did learn alot about animals and the maori culture. The photos should hopefully speak for themselves. They had a giant squid on display, i took a photo that turned out terrible but i have to upload it so you can see the size of it. They also had an intense 3d film on the giant squid and other deep sea creatures. Unfortunatly photography was discouraged as it was a museum but i did sneak a few in there for you to enjoy.
dodo.. sadly extinct


After I was convinced I saw everything I wanted... three and a half hours later, I left the musuem to wander the streets of the city. I found tons of street art and it was also chinese. Although i didn't really focus on the chinese new year it was still cool to see the dragon dancing in the street and hearing all the firecrackers.  I wandered around for a few more hours and made my way to the ferry port to book my ticket for tomorrow. I had originally planned on doing skydiving today but going with the flow did not lead me there and I found better opportunities for that on the south island.

After booking the ferry I had to find a place to set up camp so I headed off for a town called hutt. I made it to hutt and paid for my campsite.
... then i remembered there was no way I would sleep in the old tent so I had to go back to wellington for a nice one. I drove around for a while and finally found a place. I walked in just as they were closing... lucky me. I found a great tent and it was on sale which is always nice. Headed back to hutt, stopped for some dinner and a beer. I had my first new zealand lamb shank, well actually I had two, oink oink.

I realize this entry isn't as exciting as I would like it to be, but I dont really know how else to describe all of things I saw and how they made me feel. To me the musuem was very powerful. Seeing the maori culture, all of the natural history of new zealand, and the art was impressing and certain things definitely impacted me. I hope the photos put some of that across. Thats all for today, I need to get everything organized as I am dropping off my current hire car at the port and then picking up another one on the south island.
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dodo.. sadly extinct
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