When we got to New Zealand, we were so happy to have western food (YEAH!!!!). I missed it so much. I was also really happy to have salad since we couldn't eat the raw vegetables in all those places in many places in Asia (except Japan).
New Zealand is made out of volcanoes. It is two islands: the North Island and the South Island. Two different islands, but one country ... cool.
My family and I went to a redwood forest on the North Island. On the trail, my Dad, Tyler, and I played rugby with our new rugby ball. The redwood trees are big, really big! My Dad couldn't even put his arms around the trunk of them. Redwood trees are also found in California.
We met a Maori tribe who lived in a thermal village. Hot springs made up the village. Hot springs are water heated by the earth's core. There were two really huge geysers there too, which are hot springs that shoot water into the air. We also saw cool mud pools. In the pools, the mud looked like it was boiling. It even bubbled up.
Now we are in Christchurch and there is a big event going on here. It's called the Royal New Zealand Show and it happens once a year. It's a big agriculture and livestock show and it's a really big deal here. We saw lots of cool things like a lumberjack competition, show-horse jumping, livestock judging, and a livestock parade of all the winning animals.
There was also a carnival there, where I got to go kid bungee jumping. They attached me to two bungee cords and raised me up. I then bounced on a trampoline. Here's a video of me doing it:
It was so much fun and so were all the other events there. It was a great day!
And that was my super duper cool first week in New Zealand.