Arts and culture
Canberra boasts a wealth of artistic and cultural attractions waiting to be explored. Besides galleries and museums, other cultural highlights of the city include the Canberra Contemporary Art Space, an innovative centre that exhibits incredible multi-disciplinary artworks; as well as the Belconnen Arts Centre (below), an essential member of the greater Australian arts and culture community that offers interesting events, workshops and exhibits.
The city often hosts some incredible live music and cultural events with world-class acts and performers gracing the Canberra stages. The Canberra Theatre Centre is one of the capital’s premier event venues, with theatre productions, live music acts and other forms of entertainment regularly featuring on the centre’s events calendar.
Easily regarded as the epicentre of New Zealand’s arts and culture scene, Wellington is brimming with attractions to appeal to varying tastes. One of the most popular attractions, the Museum of New Zealand or Te Papa (above), is more than just a national museum. It’s an interactive educational experience that sheds a fascinating light on the country’s geological, biological, cultural and social history.
For film fans, Wellington provides some of the most intriguing cinematic tours and encounters. Due to its star turn in the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand visitors can enjoy special tours, where one can catch a glimpse of the magical settings for these (as well as many other) great movies. One tour operator that offers such tours, Rover Rings, has both full and half-day tour options that enable one to be immersed in the fantastical world of hobbits, elves and Middle Earth. If getting behind the scenes on film sets is something that interests, then a tour of Weta Studios and the Weta Cave (above) is an absolute must.
Finally, to experience one of the best contemporary art galleries in the world, a trip to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and the adjacent Len Lye Centre is all but essential. Internationally acclaimed for its multi-disciplinary collections and exhibitions, the gallery allows patrons to actively engage with the art, artists and performances on show.