5 AUCK­LAND MU­SEUM

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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.

Visit auck­land­mu­seum.com.

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