Joy of Museums

Museums, Art Galleries and Historical Sites

New Zealand Museums

Queenstown from Bob's Peak

New Zealand Museums

New Zealand is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean. The country comprises two main islands, the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu plus another 600 smaller islands.

New Zealand is east of Australia across the Tasman Sea. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life.

New Zealand’s major cities and rural hubs have some of the most engaging museums in the world. Below is a list of some of the leading museums that will be highlighted in “Joy of Museums”:


New Zealand or “Aotearoa” in Māori

  • Country:        New Zealand or “Aotearoa” in Māori
  • Capital:          Wellington
  • Largest city:  Auckland
  • Population:    5 million
  • Stages of Independence from the United Kingdom:
    • Responsible government:   1856
    • Dominion:                              1907
    • Statute of Westminster        1947



“An active person will remain healthy while a lazy one will become sick.” – Māori Proverb


Photo Credits: By Lawrence Murray from Perth, Australia (Queenstown from Bob’s Peak) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons