Wellington Botanic Garden // Wellington, NZ

The Wellington Botanic Garden is one of the main attractions in New Zealand’s capital city. Nestled into the hills of the city between Thorndon and Kelburn, the gardens are a place for both tourists and locals alike. Highlights of the gardens include the Lady Norwood Rose Garden, the Treehouse Visitor Center, a sculpture trail, the… Continue reading Wellington Botanic Garden // Wellington, NZ

Queens Gardens // Nelson, NZ

The Queens Gardens in Nelson, New Zealand is a beautiful garden park and a great place for a morning or afternoon stroll. Inspired by Victorian-era ornamental gardens, Queens Gardens is filled with a variety of plants, flowers, trees, and sculptures. Within the park, you’ll find the Boer War Memorial, a lone California Redwood tree, a… Continue reading Queens Gardens // Nelson, NZ

City Gallery // Wellington, NZ

The City Gallery is a small art gallery in Wellington, showcasing contemporary visual art in a free and public space. Rotating exhibits feature local, national, and international artists, and art in all mediums, including sculpture, painting, photography, and audio/visual. During my visit to the City Gallery, two main exhibitions were on; Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs… Continue reading City Gallery // Wellington, NZ

Cafe Panama // Wellington, NZ

THIS PLACE IS NOW CLOSED. Check my Wellington Guide for more cafes and restaurants. … I stumbled across Cafe Panama while wandering around Wellington with my friend. We were originally looking for a dessert cafe my friend had heard about, but when we found it, it was closed. So we just kept walking. Still hungry,… Continue reading Cafe Panama // Wellington, NZ

Te Papa Tongarewa // Wellington, New Zealand

Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand, is one of the most popular cultural attractions in the country. Located in the capital city of Wellington, the museum (referred to simply as “Te Papa”) features exhibits on a range of subjects, such as the history of the country, the Maori culture, the geology of New… Continue reading Te Papa Tongarewa // Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington Museum // Wellington, NZ

The Wellington Museum focuses on the history and culture of New Zealand’s capital city. Four floors of exhibits talk about everything from city to sea, from the beginnings of Wellington until modern day. Unlike many museums, this one really digs in to the stories of the city, instead of just spouting facts. The exhibits draw… Continue reading Wellington Museum // Wellington, NZ

Sunken Gardens // Napier, NZ

As you walk along Marine Parade in Napier, New Zealand, you’ll see many things: art deco buildings, crashing waves, the National Aquarium, a skate park, and lots of sculptures and  landscape art. One thing you might miss if you’re not looking is the Sunken Gardens. While the gardens aren’t hidden, they are sunken–they are set… Continue reading Sunken Gardens // Napier, NZ

MTG Hawke’s Bay: Museum Theatre Gallery

The MTG (stands for Museum Theatre Gallery) in Napier, New Zealand is Hawke’s Bay cultural museum. It showcases the history of the region through dynamic exhibits, but it also focuses on art and design. The largest and most interesting exhibit at the MTG is all about the disastrous Hawke’s Bay earthquake that hit the area… Continue reading MTG Hawke’s Bay: Museum Theatre Gallery

Government Gardens // Rotorua, NZ

The Government Gardens in Rotorua is a public park on the shore of Lake Rotorua. While the whole park is beautifully landscaped, gardens are not the only attraction. The park land was gifted to the British crown in the late 1800s by the local Maori peoples. The land was used to promote the geothermal features… Continue reading Government Gardens // Rotorua, NZ