Auckland War Memorial Museum
The museum was originally started in a farm house in 1852, which still exists a ways away at the Auckland University grounds. Over a decades-long discussion, it became clear there was a desire for a larger museum in a more museumy location. Eventually they settled on a hill in what is called the Auckland Domain (an area of land owned by the city).
Focusing on New Zealand stuff and a huge section for the War Memorial area, it's quite the collection of things you just won't see anywhere else.
The Arrival - Landslide Challenges
I took the train from downtown (where I was staying) to the Parnell station, seems logical, it's the station designed to visit the entire Auckland Domain area. Well, a while ago there was a large flood and is caused some land mess, movements, etc. In the Auckland Council's infinite wisdom, they decided to close the paths from the station into the park. I ignored the signs and it wasn't really that messed up, but it seems if it cannot be used by the least capable, it cannot be used by anyone (the council is really weird on their decision making, I have so many more stories for just my 4 days there).
The 1920s neoclassical building (looks like the ancient Greek is what that means to me) which has been extended many times out the back (the main shot is the front) to accommodate the growth of everything New Zealand.
The War Memorial
So the entire upper floor is dedicated to all the things war, and the massive commitment Auckland made to the Empire, from 1852 (when the war was fighting the local Maori for dominance) to today.
Food and Drinks!
The main dining area on the ground floor near the rear entrance. Actual chef style food among the museum fare, wine and drinks!
Very geared towards New Zealand and full of unique items from the region plus the war stuff! I'm always fascinated by our historical wars and the people who selflessly went to fight (and die) in them.