This museum is very interesting. The exhibits are quite informative, and so you’re bound to learn something new. It’s a great place for families and kids, as there’s plenty to see- natural history, cultural history, artifacts from contemporary life. It’s great value for a free day out. The museum is quite respectful and objective when depicting New Zealand’s past and I was really pleased to see such cultural sensitivity. The cafe at the top is always busy and the grounds are quite lovely.
The Wellington Botanic Gardens are a real treat. Just a minute or so from the Wellington Cable Car, it’s a perfect place to stroll or have a picnic. We caught the cable car up to the top, then wandered down the hillside gardens all the way back to the city. The gardens are well maintained and lush, especially the ferns and ancient trees. There’s a wonderful playground for the kids to run wild in and plenty of benches to just soak in the ambience. Tiny little birds flit in the under brush, and dart between the education centres and greenhouses. I really enjoyed the glasshouses and their colourful blooms. This makes for a pleasant afternoon.