Auckland War Memorial Museum

Before we headed out of Auckland, we made sure to visit the War Memorial Museum in the Auckland Domain as we were told it was worth a tour. And that is correct. It was mostly about Maori and Polynesian culture, and then a war memorial for WWI, WWII, and other conflicts that NZ was involved in. We probably spent an equal time in both parts, but all the pictures are from the Maori/Polynesian wing as, quite frankly, there are World War museums everywhere.

I’d say that it is worth it to check it out if you are in Auckland on a rainy day.

I can tell a gardening tool when I see one. Even if it is a thousand years old and made of stone.

I can tell a gardening tool when I see one. Even if it is a thousand years old and made of stone.

There were some interesting romantic portraits of Maori Chiefs. I chose to share the Waka builder for obvious reasons.

There were some interesting romantic portraits of Maori Chiefs. I chose to share the Waka builder for obvious reasons.

And a cute little crab claw rigged catamaran (technically a Waka - ama). Looks like it would be fun to sail even today.

And a cute little crab claw rigged catamaran. Looks like it would be fun to sail even today.

They had a whole house inside the museum. You had to take your shoes off first. My mother would get along well with the Maori by that standard.

They had a whole house inside the museum. You had to take your shoes off first. My mother would get along well with the Maori by that standard.

And lots of well done, and in some cases extremely old tapestry and fibre work. This was made with shell as beads and was my favorite of the works.

And lots of well done, and in some cases extremely old tapestry and fibre work. This was made with shells as beads and was my favorite of the works.