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Exploring New Zealand's Top Museums

April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 154

The following is a guide to some of the best museums in New Zealand. When you visit any country, museums are a resource that you should always avail yourself of. While containing artefacts of culture, they will also give you insight into where a country has been and how it got where it is today. So, while enjoying the great outdoors on your walking holidays, New Zealand's top museums will add another important aspect to your experience.

Auckland Museum

The Auckland Museum boasts a wide variety of collections but its pride and joy are the Maori and Polynesian sections. The museum contains the largest collection of Maori and Polynesian items in the entire world, and the scope of the display will mesmerize you with both its quality and quantity. These, and the other collections that you will find in this museum, are interesting, interactive, and educational. If you bring children along then the Discovery Centre is the perfect place for them and hands-on exploration is encouraged. As well as those on walking holidays, New Zealand local residents also take advantage of the family friendly activities.

Museum Of New Zealand

Incredibly, the Museum of New Zealand ranks among the biggest national museums in the world. It is located on Wellington's waterfront and many declare that it is years ahead of any similar institution. This is a bicultural museum that allows the co-mingling of art, artefacts, and technology to create a totally new experience for visitors. The displays are captivating and the interactive opportunities appeal to people of all ages on walking holidays. New Zealand's diversity is displayed in extraordinary range of exhibits: while you are here you can see a whale skeleton, multiple virtual reality innovations, and even a functioning Maori marae. The art collections are top notch as well.

International Antarctic Centre And Canterbury Museum

While these two museums are not located next to each other, and each has its own distinct identity, they still bear mentioning together. As a duo, they will provide you with a pretty complete picture of the history of Antarctica, and life today on what is often referred to as the great icy continent. These museums are included on the list of the best museums in the country both because they are exceptional in their own right, but also because you will not find this amount of information on Antarctica anywhere else in the world. You will hear incredible accounts of the exploration of the continent and see awe-inspiring wildlife displays. There is even a genuine ice chamber so that you can get an idea of what the subzero temperatures feel like. But no-one will blame you if you don't stay in them very long!

Each one of these museums has something totally unique to offer and are a wonderful bonus to include on walking holidays. New Zealand is a very special place to visit, made even more special if you take the time to delve into its fascinating history.

Tony Maniscalco is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. For walking holidays New Zealand is a fascinating destination. Join us to experience scenic locations & landscapes at the best value prices. We offer over 250 guided group walking holidays in over 65 different countries.

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