Further afield – Singapore

Perfect stopover from New Zealand to Europe – half way, excellent airport and easy to explore in a couple of (no doubt hot and humid) days. Singapore has 20% more people than New Zealand but the whole country would fit into Lake Taupo. Been there a few times, here are some tips…



URA Gallery
Home to spectacular scale models of the city, illustrating their ambition and forward thinking. The free Urban Redevelopment Authority Gallery is in the middle of Chinatown, worth a visit on its own for distinctive architecture at both a human and high rise scale.




Ubin Island
Take a small boat from Changi (the town, rather than the airport) if you want to see what Singapore was like a hundred years ago. Hire a bicycle and see monkeys, boars and big lizards in the wild, jungle views from the observatory tower, and the only working fire place in Singapore (Brits!).



Gardens by the Bay
These are unlike any other gardens you’ll see, and show what imagination and money can deliver. Stunning by day or night they offer a view of what the garden of the future could look like.

Changi Museum
Moving history of the WW2 prison of war camp, since built over to expand the airport. No photos allowed inside.

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