New Zealand’s Auckland War Memorial Museum blew us away today. This is another magnificent museum with world-class collections. We’d allocated today as the day to return to the museum so we’d have more time, and were we glad we made that decision.
The Auckland War Memorial Museum has three floors of exhibits. On the ground floor there are exhibits about the Maori showing their history and migration. The story of this seafaring people, who formed small tribes and conducted all fighting in hand-to-hand combat is one that is similar throughout Asia and Polynesia.
On the first floor (which we’d call the second) there are art exhibits, a volcano exhibit, and much more. The second floor (which we would call the third) includes the war memorial. One of the amazing things—or rather, two of the amazing things—were the two complete planes inside the museum. There’s a Spitfire and a Japanese Zero. Our guide told us the Spitfire had been brought into the museum through the roof! I doubt it will be leaving anytime soon.
The trip back to the ship was a bit of a challenge because we decided to take Uber, but lost our Internet connection before we connected with the ride. We connected with another driver on the second attempt. I don’t recommend moving from the spot where you’ve got Internet connectivity when you’re trying to use Uber, the results are not good!
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