New Zealand: Auckland – Hanging City in Auckland NZ Art Gallery

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Thirty-nine per cent of people living in the NZ area were born somewhere else. In 2018, artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan created Pillars: Project Another Country to expound on human migration across oceans, displacement, relocation and settlement. When you move from one place to another, how do you become part of a community, what constitutes your family, and how are houses/homes built around these needs and relationships? The Aquilizans were born in the Philippines, work between Manila and Brisbane, so they very well understand the conversation about ‘belonging’ and what people call ‘home’. This huge hanging upside-down sculpture shows people falling out of a boat and creating homes.

New Zealand: Auckland – Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

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So many of New Zealand’s famous names are unknown in North America. In 1919, the centennial year of artist Colin McCahon’s birth, a huge exhibit of many of his creations was set up in the Auckland Art Gallery. This is one of McCahon’s earlier paintings titled “The first Waterfall” which was painted in 1964. McCahon was a driving force for art in NZ; He helped run the Auckland CityArt gallery, installed exhibitions, taught art classes and painted too. 

 

New Zealand: Eastern Beach, Auckland – Beautiful Rice, New Zealand

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The food in New Zealand was a delicious surprise. Look how simple it is to make rice look pretty.

New Zealand: Eastern Beach, Auckland – Birds and Beach, New Zealand

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Wherever you are in New Zealand, you are never far from a beach or birds. Here, the birds are the only ones enjoying Eastern Beach.

New Zealand: Auckland Domain – A Street Named Stanley

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When your name is Stanley, it’s a bit of a thrill to have a street named after you…This one is in Auckland, New Zealand.

US: Rocky Mountains – – Flying West to San Francisco

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Rocky mountains and glacier lakes are always thrilling to see from the window of an airplane.

New Zealand: Auckland Domain – Auckland’s Sky Tower

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The Sky Tower in Auckland, NZ is the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern hemisphere. It sits at the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets and is 328 metres (1,076 ft) tall.

New Zealand: Auckland Domain – Auckland War Museum

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In the stately columned Auckland War Museum, you can discover the world’s largest collection of Maori and Polynesian artifacts. Sitting impressively in the center is a large ornately carved Hotunui meetinghouse from 1878 and a Waka (war canoe), Te Toki-a-Tapiri from 1836. They’re heart and soul of the museum, yet there’s lots more.

New Zealand: Waitakere – The Kauri trees of New Zealand

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The Kauri trees are endangered so it’s really special when you can go into a forest and see quite of few very old ones. The Arataki Visitor Centre goes to great lengths to preserve and protect them. You can climb up a high trail and see then at the top reaching for the sky. The circular cluster is called The Cathedral.

New Zealand: Waitakere – Ferns of New Zealand

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In the trails outside the Arataki Visitor Centre in Waitakere NZ, you can get lost in the sea of ferns.