Wellington is New Zealand's capital city, but only the third largest in the country, behind Auckland and Christchurch. We arrived in the morning and luckily could check in early to our Airbnb. It was in the middle of town a few blocks from Cuba Street and the harbor. We grabbed a quick breakfast then went to the Te Papa museum. One of the best things about New Zealand is that the museums, parks, and gardens are all FREE! The museum was really interesting with exhibits on the formation of New Zealand, earthquakes and volcanoes, wildlife, immigration and a special exhibit on New Zealand's role in the WW1 battle at Gallipoli where they lost 2779 soldiers. It was an important battle in New Zealand's history that created a national identity apart from Great Britain and influenced their involvement in future wars. ANZAC Day, a day to remember all Australians and New Zealanders that served and died, also takes place on the anniversary of troops landing in Gallipoli, April 25th.
Chris & Taylor
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