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147 Next: Path to New Zealand village
145 Back: Gardens of New Zealand
Behind the Whare Runanga is a New Zealand marketplace with a snack bar. Straight ahead next to the marketplace is a sixty feet long "waka taua" carved canoe of New Zealand weighing two and a half tons (5,000 pounds). It was originally carved as a gift for King George V of England from the Maori people, but when he died the work stopped. It remained in an abandoned forest until 1962 and then was finished as a gift for the Polynesian Cultural Center's grand opening in 1963.
For more information on the Polynesian Cultural Center or to make reservations visit their website at http://www.polynesia.com/
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148 Forward: Marketplace
181 Left: Islands of Tonga
119 Back to: Front entrance
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