Although New Zealand feels like America with British accents, there's a lot here that you can't find in America, like the Maori culture. The Maori are a Polynesian tribe that lived in New Zealand before English settlers came. We got to learn about them at the Auckland Museum. At the Auckland Museum we learned about Maori culture and weapons like the "patu," a war club made out of rock, bone, or wood, and the "taiaha," which is a long wooden spear.
Volcanoes are another special thing in New Zealand. After all, the islands of New Zealand were formed by lava, so there are lots of volcanoes on the land. New Zealand is made up of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island. Both are close together. You can take a ferry from one island to get to get to the other island. You can barely tell it's an island because it has big rolling green mountains all around.
After we left Rotorua, we arrived in Christchurch. There, we went to see the Royal New Zealand Show, which is so important, they declared it a local holiday. There were all types of rides, exhibits and stalls filled with livestock, like cows, sheep, and alpaca, which is an animal that looks sort of like a llama, at the Royal New Zealand Show.
That's all for our exciting first week in New Zealand.