24.02.2017 - 08.03.2017 23 °C
Today we visited the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, it is the National Museum and Art Gallery, it tracks native as well well as natural history. The Gallipoli Exhibition is amazing and moving as you will see from my photos of the men and women figures which are more than three times life size and made in incredible detail by the Weta studios, more of later. The Exhibition takes you through different perspectives from people involved in the war, nurses, privates, gunners, doctors. The thought put into the exhibition is breathtaking.
We were then taken on a journey around the city and to Mount Victoria with great views of the city and Harbour. I then went to the Weta Studios which have been an incredible force in the film industry especially in the making of the film trilogy Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Avatar, Tin Tin and The Marvel Films to name a few. We were shown around the special effects studio where many of the characters we know were created and where the war characters for the Gallipoli Exhibition were made. You realise just how much detail and effort that is made to make the figures so lifelike. For example each strand of hair is individual attached to the scalp and may take up to 6 weeks to complete one figure!
On my return I took the cable car from the heart of Lambton Quay up through the hillside terraced houses of Kelburn 120metres in 5 minutes The view from the top was stunning and we have been very fortunate with the weather being sunny all day. The Wellington Botanical Gardens are lovely with 25 hectares of protected native forest, conifers, specialised plant collections and colourful floral displays.
I found the street food market in Cuba Street and enjoyed some delicious dumplings this evening