History in Auckland

It takes watching just a few seconds of Lord of the Rings to get an idea of how beautiful New Zealand is. With so many wonderful places to go why would you ever spend a day inside or at a museum? For two people who often spend their days off at an exhibit missing some of these gems would have been tragic.

At the Auckland Museum

At the Auckland Museum

On our second day in New Zealand we spend the afternoon at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. It is situated in the middle of Auckland Domain Park within walking distance of a few other attractions. It’s a fairly large facility and took us a few hours to see the entire place. I would recommend this as a great day-one activity; get some history and culture before exploring everything else. Learn the lay of the land and a little better understanding of language.

The whole group together

The whole group together

We also went to a number of monuments, the names of which I don’t recall.  Like any country that was colonized by England (we know nothing about that) there are plenty of memorials to war and conflict.  Most were surrounded by beautiful gardens.

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One afternoon the boys when in to the New Zealand Army Museum, not that I don’t enjoy that sort of thing but I was really tired.  I get carsick and the roads in NZ are a bit whinedy.  I know Josh enjoyed seeing some machines that he doesn’t get to in US museums.

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And one strange but interesting facility was World of Wearable Art.  This crazy collection of pieces was from a yearly completion.  Designers create a piece of art that more only has to be worn but also has to move in some interesting way.  Their theater plays highlights from the shows and you can see how not only are these items beautiful but was the model or dancer moves in it the piece tells a deeper story.

These are just the highlights of the stops we made.  Don’t miss out on all of the cultural experiences there are.

Coming This Week: January 13 – 19

We are returning to the US this week, after a very nice long vacation. As soon as we land the race to get ready for our tour launch begins. We will again be out with Rohde & Schwarz; a tour that will last most of the year. Our first stops include a few places in Olathe, KS which is just outside of Kansas City.

Coming This Week: December 31 – January 6

Week two in New Zealand, the miles are making our way to the amazing south island.  Stops in Wellington, Nelson, Hokatika, Fox Glacier and Queenstown are planned.

Courtesy of Google Maps

Courtesy of Google Maps

 

I am trying to share a bit as we go but honestly I have no desire to edit the amazing photos right now.

Coming This Week: December 23 – (30/31)

 Today we leave for New Zealand, departing Dubuque at 8:30am for O’Hare (Chicago).  Our layover is in San Francisco before arriving is Auckland.

Courtesy of Google Maps

Courtesy of Google Maps

This week we will see Auckland, Whangarei, Rotorua and Wellington.  Being fan of LOTR and the Hobbit I think it’s pretty cool to spend New Years in Wellington.

Courtesy of Google Maps

Courtesy of Google Maps

 

Wanted to share a fun video of us exchanging gifts with Josh’s family.