Kia ora from the bottom of the North Island where I have just spent four hours wandering around Te Papa and haven't even touched the surface. This place is absolutely stunning and that's just the bits I have seen. But I am thinking of you all which is why I thought I would touch base.
So far I have shown my age checking out the audio show in the village store, done a tour of the Te Papa marae and checked out the giant squid. They are having a few problems with the squid at present and are having to change over the solution that he is being preserved in. But rather than shut the exhibit away to do that, they have just put a barrier around and you can still view both the squid and how the museum works. That's the kind of place this is.
I'd love to be able to upload some of my photos so far, but it's not that sort of computer so you will have to wait until I get back. On my travels so far I have been to the West Coast, where I found it was almost possible to eat too much whitebait, met some great children's librarians plus authors Joy Cowley, James Roy and our very own Rodney storyteller Stu Duval at the South Island Children's Librarians Conference and then had a couple of days off in Christchurch at the New Zealand Dressage Champs (just supporting).
And don't let anyone say anything about the weather down here. It has been glorious virtually the whole time.