We packed our bags for our next journey this time south of the equator. This land was one of high mountains, volcanoes, fjords, waterfalls and beaches. For most people, the word “fjord” conjures up thoughts of Scandinavia and the frozen North. But New Zealand, is a surprise to many, because it can boast some of the world’s best fjords — hemmed by towering cliffs, fantastically deep and stretching like long, crooked fingers from the Tasman Sea into some of New Zealand’s most lush and remote scenery. It was amazing to us that you can be at a beach and only go 75 miles to get there. There is a North Island and a South Island. We have to travel many more to get to a beach in North Carolina. We don’t have volcanoes!
They have mountains called the Southern Alps.
We saw some flightless birds. They developed differently then other birds because originally there were no natural prey trying to get them. The kiwi is one of these birds. The giant weta (large insect) lives there and can be as big as 3 mice.
We learned that the Maori people greet each other by rubbing their noses together. The men originally did a loud chant that scared away enemies. Today the All Blacks rugby team does this loud chant. Wonder if they are trying to intimidate their opponents? They also like to play cricket. We aren’t sure what cricket is but it has a ball and bat so we think it might be like baseball.
Students wear uniforms to school. You go to school 13 years where we only have 12 years.
There are many types of transportation. There are four large cities. The capital is Wellington which is between the two islands. This is not the largest city.
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings were filmed there and made New Zealand popular.
They have sheep and cows.
They have lots of rain and a mild temperate climate and have sun .
In New Zealand, they have 14 flightless birds. Two are the Kokopa and the kiwi which are both flightless birds. In New Zealand they grow things like Kiwi and grapes. There is a parrot that likes snow and the only parrot that ate meat, sheep meat that is and it is lucky they stopped. In New Zealand they have a special greeting putting noses together. In New Zealand they have 20 active volcanoes. They call hiking trekking in New Zealand. The first person to climb Mount Everest trained in the mountains of New Zealand. The sing songs from the Maori people.
The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings was made there. There is a bug called a weta and there are 5 types of weta. New Zealand is safe. New Zealand police don’t carry guns. New Zealand is in the South. New Zealand has a famous rugby team called the All Blacks. And it’s national bird is the Kiwi. And they grow kiwi! New Zealand people are called Maori. New Zealand is near Australia and Antarctica If you are coming from Los Angeles, California to New Zealand you have to stop in Hawaii first. It can take a whole day to travel there from here. New Zealand has a parrot that lives in the cold and that is the only parrot that lives in the cold.