Auckland has been overcast for the past few days, but today was the first day of full on rain. As such, I decided to walk to the Auckland War Memorial Museum just about a mile from downtown.
The entrance fee was $25NZ for foreigners, and free to the residents of New Zealand.
The museum has three levels. The ground level boasts a stunning collection on Maori and other Pacific Island artifacts.
Weapons, musical instruments, handicrafts. You name it, they probably have it.
Floor 1 is home to the Natural History section, with exhibits on volcanoes, animals, and the land itself.
Floor 2 has the history of wars that happened in New Zealand, as well as foreign wars in which New Zealand had a stake. The memorial is mostly for those who lost their lives during the World Wars. There was also a small gallery concerning the Holocaust.
The museum was flooded with kids on school trips, some of whom were wearing bright crossing guard outfits.
The museum itself is worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood.