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NEW ZEALAND SPECIAL HOLIDAY FEATURE
by TRISH PILLEY
THERE'S something about capital cities.
They seem to have an air of self-
importance, probably as a result of their
impressive public buildings.
There's nothing like the grandeur of a
parliament building, Supreme Court and
governor's residence, to instill a feeling of
Wellington, on the southern tip of the
North Island of New Zealand, is no excep-
tion, with its grand architecture and a
busy, determined air.
Named by early English settlers after
the Duke of Wellington, victor at the Battle
of Waterloo, it is the southern-most capital
city in the world.
Windy Wellington they call it, and I
could see why. It wasn't unpleasant, but
there was definitely a stiff breeze blowing
most of the time.
Nestled between the harbour and near-
by hills, the city is just two kilometres
wide. This makes it very easy to walk
around and means you are only minutes
from beautiful coastlines and the adven-
ture playgrounds and wildlife sanctuaries
The inner city is a place of boutique
shops, cafes and restaurants. There is great
food and shopping.
Wellington is also the cultural capital of
New Zealand. The Royal New Zealand
Ballet, Symphony Orchestra, National
Opera and National dance and drama
schools are located here.
This interest in the arts is apparent in
the city's many galleries, live theatre,
music and dance performances.
Some of New Zealand's most significant
heritage is to be found here, including the
original Treaty of Waitangi, the founding
document of New Zealand. It was intended
to protect Maori interests while allowing
British settlement and the establishment of
government to maintain peace and order.
The original document is housed at the
National Archives in Wellington.
Perhaps the most fascinating of all the
public exhibitions are to be found at Te
Papa National Museum. This is the sort of
interesting, varied exhibition space that
takes hours to see properly; but even if you
only have a short time, you'll find much to
The exhibits are historical, geographi-
cal and contemporary, describing every-
thing from the natural forces which contin-
ue to thrust the landscape into new shapes,
to waves of settlement by Maoris, whalers
and Europeans. There are many experi-
ences, from an Earthquake House to
descriptions of the first contact between
Maori and Europeans.
Maori culture is a major feature and
includes a huge war canoe, a beautifully-
decorated marae or communal meeting
house, and stories told through exhibits,
oral histories and tours.
The top two levels of the museum are
devoted to works of art, historical and con-
temporary. The artists have tapped into a
rich culture and been inspired by their
interesting, turbulent environment to cre-
ate beautiful, thought-provoking art.
Wellington is a vibrant, important and
accessible city, which takes pride in its his-
tory and contemporary culture.
* Trish Pilley visited Wellington as a
guest aboard Dawn Princess.
WHILE P&O Cruises and
Princess Cruises offer a wide
range of destinations, cruises to
New Zealand are predicted to
"New Zealand is becoming to
Australia what Alaska is to
America -- a very desirable holi-
day destination that's ideal to
visit by sea," said Carnival
Australia chief executive officer
Travel agents, 132-488,
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