The rainy months in New Zealand are the perfect time to indulge in indoor activities that spark the creative side of the brain. Located in Hamilton, just 3 minutes’ drive from Argent Motor Lodge, is the Waikato Museum - Te Whare Taonga o Waikato. The Waikato Museum is dedicated to celebrating the art, culture and history of the Waikato region and the Waikato River, with both short and long-term exhibitions. It also showcases galleries from around the world as well as an exhibit featuring interactive science fun for children.
The months of July to September have an array of exhibitions in store for visitors to the Waikato Museum, including the long-standing Te Winika - a 200 year old carved waka taua (Māori war canoe). Below is a look at the new exhibits that will be on display throughout these months:
Cut! Costume and the Cinema
An exciting collection of 43 costumes from 25 popular films is currently taking over Gallery 11 of the Waikato Museum. These costumes span five centuries of fashion and style and were worn by some of Hollywood’s biggest names - including Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. Get up close and personal with Captain Jack Sparrow’s pirate outfit from Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes’ bohemian suit and Jane Eyre’s wedding dress. Hamilton is the only city outside of North America to host this cinematic celebration across the times, so make sure to check it out this weekend!
Let Me Be Myself: The Life Story of Anne Frank
Featured in Gallery 18 of the Waikato Museum until September 8, this exhibit focuses on the life of Anne Frank from her birth in 1929 up until her death in 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. It looks at the struggles that young Anne and her family underwent as victims of Nazi Germany and the events surrounding the Holocaust. This exhibition was launched by the Anne Frank House and can also be combined with educational programmes to inform and challenge young people.
Hard on the Heels – Peter Bush capturing the All Blacks
Commencing on August 24, the Trust Waikato Gallery will host over 100 images of memorable All Blacks moments, games and players over a period of 60 years. See a mixture of controversial, humorous and candid behind the scenes photos taken by New Zealand’s leading rugby photographer, Peter Bush who has described capturing an All Blacks’ games as ‘a total work out’. This exhibition will remain at the Waikato Museum until December 1, with education programmes available.
The above three exhibits are only a few of the short-term exhibitions that will be featured at the Waikato Museum over the upcoming months. To check out the other short and long-term exhibitions that the museum will be displaying in its 13 galleries, visit waikatomuseum.co.nz
Whether you are already looking at travelling to Hamilton for other interests or you specifically wish to visit the Waikato Museum, Argent Motor Lodge in Hamilton is the ideal accommodation for your travels. Not only is this award-winning motel in short driving distance to the museum, but it is also in close distance to many other local attractions - including the world-renowned Hamilton Gardens and Hamilton’s bustling restaurant precinct. Plus, if you book direct with Argent Motor Lodge, you will receive two complimentary continental breakfasts for the first morning of your stay.
Booking direct with Argent Motor Lodge can be done via the Argent website (www.argenthamilton.co.nz), through their email address (email@example.com) or via a phone call to 07 843 9912.
All photos have been sourced from waikatomuseum.co.nz
About Argent Motor Lodge:
Based in Hamilton, award-winning Argent Motor Lodge is right next door to Waikato Hospital and close to Braemar Hospital as well as being only a few minutes’ drive to the City Centre, cycle trails and the world-famous, Hamilton Gardens. Accommodation ranges from one-bedroom apartments to family apartments with wheelchair-accessible facilities and fully equipped kitchens.
Contact Argent Motor Lodge:
Address: 27 Lorne Street, Hamilton, New Zealand
Phone: +64 7 843 9912/0800 275 676 (toll free within New Zealand
Phone: 0274 587 724