Tamaki Mauri Village Encounter

We went to the Tamaki Mauri Village Encounter and stayed there overnight recently. It was so much fun here, and we got to learn a lot about the Maori Culture, in New Zealand.11013192_10153055962972362_5306263297469902379_nWe started off by having a very warm welcome from our hosts, who taught us how to play some children’s stick games to get us warmed up and the blood pumping (as it was -1 degrees at the time!). Then, we got taught a song in Maori which was so much fun to learn and ended up performing it for all of the guests that came for dinner that evening!
We then got moved on to the opening ceremony, when the warriors would come out, present our ‘chief’ with a welcoming peace token and once we had accepted it and said that we come in peace, we would get lead into the village where we would learn much more!20013_10153055963117362_9133808676547386660_n
Inside the village, we learnt how the Maori Culture works, how they build their homes, clothes, weapons, tattoos and other games.11665432_10153055964122362_3559771274963824472_n
We then got taken inside for an amazing performance of song and dance which was incredible! Everyone really got into it and got to learn some moves and even the guys got to learn the Haka! Before we knew it, we were all sitting down for a gigantic meal which was more like a feast and then settled in for the night!

It was such a great experience, and I think that it will be one of my highlights of my New Zealand trip – a DEFINITE MUST DO if you visit New Zealand!

Weta Workshop was incredible!

OH MY. I went to Weta Cave & Workshop on Monday and it blew my mind!
Weta Workshop (in Wellington, NZ) are the incredibly talented people that created most of the props for films such as Lord Of The Rings, Avatar, King Kong, Tintin..
We got to have a tour around the workshop and see how they make these amazing props, and they showed us the materials that most of them were made out of which was surprising! Most of them are made out of just plastic or foam! Even Sauron’s armour was made out of a rubbery substance, so they had to look very carefully whilst editing to make sure that this wasn’t visible! It was to make production run much smoother, when they were filming for 10-15 hours a day. Nobody wants to be in very, very heavy armour for that amount of time!
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These photos are from Weta Cave (which is the shop) as we weren’t allowed to take photos inside the workshop (probably for confidentiality reasons) but the shop props were still incredible too! And, for purchase!IMG_1475

Here are a few links to Weta Workshop, to see for yourself!
Home Site (where you can purchase some of their designs).
Weta Workshop website (where you can see a more in-depth description and photos).