New Zealand is best known for the ladnscapes, the adrenaline-fueled activities that are available around the country and their vibrant Maori culture. But as much outdoors activities as you can do, there is also a fantastic offer of cultural activities. But of course every city is different and I can best speak about Auckland, where I have lived for four months.
If you want to visit the non plus ultra of Auckland museums, you need to make your way to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, also known as the Auckland Museum. In it, you will find exhibitions of natural history, Maori culture and history, design, the world wars and much more. The museum even has an earthquake simulator that I can promise will scare you a little bit.
|WWII Memorial at the Auckland Museum.|
If you prefer art you will have to visit the Auckland Art Gallery, which offers a fantastic range of exhibitions that explain New Zealand’s history through painting and installations. The time periods comprised in this museum are vast and include Maori history and art forms, such as the moko (tattoo), not to mention the building in itself is a work of art.
|Auckland Art Gallery. Source: http://www.aucklandartgallery.com/about/gallery-development|
So let us assume that you prefer something more dynamic than a museum, then walk to the junction between Wellesley Street and Queens Street and raise your eyes to the sky to admire the Civic Theatre. The Auckland landmark has housed some pretty fantastic shows and performances. Just in the few months I have lived in this city, ‘Mamma Mia!’ and ‘Annie’-both major productions-have held a season in the theatre.
|The Civic Theatre in Auckland.|
Just behind The Civic, you can find Aotea Square, an area dedicated to cultural activities that is surrounded by more theatres. It is also known for hosting events like concerts and artistic performances of different kinds. And just a little bit furhter from the square, also on Queens Street, you can find Q Theatre, a building with different auditoriums dedicated to independent movies, film festivals and much more.
|Q Theatre with Skytower in the background. Source: http://www.wallflower.net.nz/q-theatre/|
So don’t waist any time sitting on the couch, if you want to dive into Auckland, just visit this amazing places.