5 AUCKLAND MUSEUM
The marae is a traditional Maori meeting place and there are a number of tours you can join, or which will pick you up from your hotel, that provide a fascinating introduction to the culture.
On arrival a traditional welcome ceremony (powhiri) includes the famous process of nose pressing (hongi).You can meet Maori artists, weavers and storytellers, who will explain their art and the symbolic nature of the woodcarvings. You might be encouraged to pick up some simple Maori vocabulary and you might even get to learn the special Maori war dance, the Haka, used by the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. Having reached the grand old age of 80, Auckland Museum remains an important treasure trove of the cultural and spiritual history of the country. It contains priceless Maori treasures and natural history collections and has daily Maori cultural events and a rotating program of special exhibitions.
The museum is only closed on Christmas Day and its opening hours are from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is NZ$25 ($22) for adults. Packages that include guided tours and cultural performances are also available.