Te Papa is an amazing museum. One of my favourite exhibitions was one of their permanent ones, Awesome Forces. It details New Zealand’s geological history including what causes earthquakes.
They even have a shaking house which simulates an earthquake although I didn’t want to go in there because I’d felt too many earthquakes by that stage. They also describe how technology has allowed them to measure earthquakes. They use the Richter scale to measure the magnitude of an earthquake and the Mercalli scale to measure the intensity. While I was in Christchurch I’d heard of the Mercalli scale but didn’t what what it was. It was good to learn this at the museum. For many people the Mercalli scale is a truer indication of an earthquake.
A video also shows how New Zealand split from Gondwanaland (which Australia was also part of) 85 million years ago.
Traditional maori dress
One of the special exhibitions at the time was called Unveiled: 200 Years of Wedding Fashion. I paid to go in and see it while Mum & Dad had a cuppa and something to eat. The dresses were fascinating and shows how wedding fashion changes from when the world is having good times to when war rationing meant women had to save coupons to buy their dresses. This was the time that a lot of materials were repurposed into wedding dresses.
Some of the designers featured included John Galliano, Vera Wang and Vivienne Westwood who designed Dita Von Teese’s dress in 2005.
Unfortuanately we didn’t get to see as much of the museum as we wanted. It is recommended that visitors spend a whole day there and I could see why but we just didn’t have the time. When I go back to Wellington I will definitely put aside a whole day to spend there.
We were really tired by this stage so we decided to catch a taxi back to our hotel. The driver was really friendly and chatted about many things while giving us a bit of a cook’s tour of the city. We knew he wasn’t taking us out of the way deliberately. The number of one-way streets came into play. It was good to see some of the areas we hadn’t had time to walk around.
After a bit of a rest we walked over to New Lambton Quay to the Royal Hotel for dinner. We had walked past it earlier in the day and decided we wanted to eat there. It had the feel of an old English pub.
shared dessert plate