Is Te Papa the best museum in New Zealand?

Museums are places of learning. You get a glimpse into past lives to discover what was normality for so many people who came before us. Science, history, art; the essence of human civilisation. But the very best museums step beyond just artefacts to make you feel. They make you understand what it is to be [...]

Review: Auckland War Memorial Museum

On my second day in New Zealand, I headed east and successfully navigated to Auckland War Memorial Museum, in the middle of Auckland Domain (a park with sweeping green lawns). It's highly impressive from the outside, reminding me of Washington DC's Capitol building, although I was somewhat regretful at having to step out of the [...]

Review: Hobbiton movie set tour

Tiny green and yellow doors into hobbit holes. Ale. The Green Dragon Inn. Rolling fields and glorious countryside. An extortionate entry price and a huge amount of selfies. It can only be Hobbiton, the New Zealand movie set used for both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. It was way up there [...]