Today we went to the Kiwi Bird Park. It was small but informative, and the girls enjoyed it. We sat in the Kiwi house, (and since they are nocturnal it was dark) and heard a talk about them and the efforts New Zealand is making to preserve the native/ indigenous species. The mammals brought in are eating the native bird population. Since Kiwis originally lived without land predators, they are flightless. In fact, they don’t have wings or arms. The look like fuzzy bottle gourds with long pointed orange beaks and two legs (No photos allowed in their house).
After that, we went up the side of the mountain in a gondola (cable car) which was absolutely terrifying. I may or may not have had a mild panic attack. Both girls were thrilled to be up there though. When at the top, we saw the Maori Haka show full of music and stories (and the Haka, or course).
The girls were chosen to go up on the stage and learn the Poi, and Jim was chosen to go and perform the Haka (there will be no video posted:). It was so much fun. As always, I was completely content to take photos and watch my family.
I am taking this opportunity to immerse our homeschooled Falafel in the Maori culture. We are learning tons! I think that may be my favorite part of this trip, so far.