Friday, 21 October 2011

NZ: Wellington, the capital

Wellington, the capital is a very walkable city with a small town feel.  You can likely walk from one end of the city to the other in an hour.  Architecture is mixed with no one distinct style.   You can see below the range -

The gothic Catholic Church St. Mary of the Angels, built in 1922, is the parish church of Central Wellington

Here are the capital buildings - the Parliament (what else could it be?!), the "Beehive" to the left is the executive wing...

I guessed quite correctly that this is the Library of Parliament!

And here is the National Library, closed for renovations

The very impressive Te Papa Museum

Maori carving in the museum lobby -

View of the lobby from the 4th floor of the museum -

Carved head of Maori long boat

Marae (meeting house)

Stunning stained glass in Te Papa

View of amphitheatre from the museum

Maori blessing with green stone for good luck

Next:  On to the South Island - the best is yet to come!

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