Cultural Attractions In New Zealand
New Zealand is known internationally for stunning natural landscapes, but we’ve also a centre for arts and culture. Here are some of the top cultural attractions in New Zealand:
Te Papa Museum
Located on the waterfront in Wellington, Te Papa is a purpose-built museum housing permanent and changing collections about different aspects of New Zealand’s history. Everything from our natural history and wildlife through to cultural studies, Maori artefacts and art and science are covered, with travelling exhibitions from all over the world attracting a steady stream of visitors.
For an authentic cultural experience, visit a marae to learn about the traditional culture of the Maori people. Take part in a welcoming ceremony on the marae, witness a performance of the Haka (a Maori war dance) and enjoy a delicious hangi (a meal cooked in the earth). Marae visits can be organised in most areas of the country through the local tourist centre.
Around half the population of New Zealand has something to do with the farming industry, and our rural heritage is an important part of our cultural identity. Experience life on a farm with an authentic farm stay: get up early to feed the animals, have a swim in the farm creek and watch the sunset over uninterrupted vistas. Farm stays are wonderful educational holidays for the kids and can also be a unique romantic weekend away.
Auckland Art Gallery
Home of the visual arts in New Zealand, the Auckland Art Gallery has recently been refurbished to a stunning international standard. The complex houses more than 15,000 artworks from New Zealand and around the world, and a changing exhibition programme ensures there’s always something new to see. Soak up the culture in the heart of Auckland, and finish your day at one of the fantastic cafes or restaurants just around the corner.
Civic Theatre, Auckland
Originally built as a cinema for Auckland, the Civic Theatre is one of the city’s top cultural centres. Built in a Rococo design, the theatre bankrupted its original owner, and was reopened in 1999 after extensive restoration work. Now the Civic hosts a yearlong program of music, theatre, cinema, comedy and lectures, and remains one of New Zealand’s most iconic architectural statements.
With so many different cultural events to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice when visiting New Zealand. Whatever your interest, there are museums, centres, galleries, theatres, and cultural experiences for you to enjoy.
What New Zealand attractions are you going to visit first?