You will be met at the hotel by your local guide to spend a day immersed in art, culture, museums and architecture with a personalised Wellington art’s tour. Explore and enjoy the diversity of a city that provides an artistic experience around every corner. Wellington is the absolute arts capital of New Zealand. Beautiful Victorian buildings sit beside daring architectural designs. Museums and galleries display the best of historical collections and the latest works by contemporary New Zealand artists. Walk along the magnificent waterfront from Queens Wharf to Te Papa. The Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa - Our Place) opened in 1998, there are six floors of interactive experiences and exhibition galleries. This is New Zealand’s most visited and loved attraction. You will be privately guided through this internationally acclaimed museum, also the home of the National Gallery. This well displayed collection includes modern, traditional and indigenous art.
After the museum, walk along the waterfront, a living work of art, packed with text sculpture, artwork, sculpture and people, all set against one of the world's most spectacular harbours. Drive along the Wind Sculpture route, viewing the five major artworks celebrating Wellington’s notorious wind. Later today walk around the Botanic Garden sculpture route (including a Henry Moore) and enjoy a coffee at the famous Picnic Café in the Begonia house and Rose gardens. You will also have the chance to visit Katherine Mansfield Birthplace where you will see the childhood home of one of the world’s best known short story writers and New Zealand’s most famous author. Continue your tour and study the varied architecture with a visit to the Parliament quarter where there are fine examples of modern, art deco, Edwardian and neo-gothic buildings. The distinctive "Beehive" and old Parliament Buildings are the centre of Government since 1865. You will also visit the heritage suburb of Thorndon with its galleries, antique stores, bookshops and Old St Paul's Cathedral.
If time allows, explore the art collection at some of New Zealand's leading galleries and learn about the rich mix of Maori, Pacific, and European history. You may want to visit the Wellington’s City Gallery, the first significant non-collecting exhibition public gallery in New Zealand. The gallery has achieved a reputation for innovation and style, inspiring and challenging its audiences with a world-class programme of exhibitions and arts-related projects. You may also like to visit the Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, featuring original works by leading New Zealand artists. The Museum Hotel also has one of the largest collections of contemporary New Zealand art, most of which can be viewed in the hotels reception.
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