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NZ trip: Day 10, Wellington

Posted on March 22, 2011

Written by Mike Graham, product manager for CHAUVET Professional

For the weekend, we are tourists. John and Julie are my wife’s brother and sister-in-law.  John is Annie’s oldest brother and they were good enough to show us around Wellington for two days. We went to the New Zealand Parliament and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Te Papa in Maori means “our place”. The museum is free and just asks for donations at the end. There were exhibits about everything from the Maori culture, the wildlife of NZ, a video history of the ups and downs of NZ since about 1935 and even a giant squid. My son could not stop talking about the giant squid. I have to say I thought it was really cool as well.

They had an earthquake simulator that could simulate about a 4.1 earthquake. Connor was none too impressed and managed to run out of there at top speed. I don’t think he was a fan of it. I am still driving the car most of the time. I am no fan of driving on the other side of the road. Now it’s not that it’s harder or anything, it’s more the fact that I was just sick of having to concentrate so much harder to stay in the correct lane, not make any turns on red, and most importantly, to remember that the person turning in front of you has the right of way. To anyone I cut off, sorry about that mate.