Video: Tour of Te Papa Museum in Wellington

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Te Papa is one of the top tourist attractions in New Zealand, situated in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand.  It is the National Museum of New Zealand and a place with so many extraordinary exhibits and amazing things to learn about, plus many interactive things to get your hands on such as the stone ball that weights over one ton and perfectly balanced so you can push it and it starts moving. They also have amazing animals to learn about such as sea creatures like sharks and you can learn all there is to know about them by the simple push of a button.

The Discovery centre at the museum has lots of challenges and fun things to do. You can learn to draw a cartoon by copying one or try to figure out who invented what. You can even dress up and get your photo taken.

At Te Papa you will also discover the giant moa, the flightless bird and Harpagornis, the biggest eagle that ever lived. See one of the best race horses that ever lived that was born and trained in New Zealand.

Experience a New Zealand earthquake at Te Papa Museum, a house that is specially built to shake just like an earthquake aftershock (the smaller shockwave you get after an earthquake). You can even make your own earthquake with a Richter scale…simply jump on as hard as you can and it will measure your quake rating.

You can also see the biggest animal that ever lived and still lives today, yes it is the blue whale. You can see a blue whale’s heart which is big enough that you can climb inside. Learn the extraordinary facts of this amazing mammal.

At the top level of Te Papa is Te Papa’s own Me´ae (Maori Temple) and the Me´ae’s own greenstone. When you come to this Me´ae you have to grab a handful of wet sand and rub it down until one day all that’s left is a greenstone.

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