New Adventures In New Zealand

by Colly
Kayaking and camping in Abel Tasman National Park for three days was so fun and amazing.

Kayaking and camping in Abel Tasman National Park for three days was so fun and amazing.

First of all, I would like to apologize for not writing a blog post in so long. So much has happened and I can’t keep track of all of it! Plus, we were on the road a lot. We recently left Nelson, New Zealand, where we lived for two weeks, and went on a three-day kayaking trip in the ocean next to Abel Tasman National Park! If you want to read more about our kayaking and camping, you can on our family blog. Here are some of the cool things that finished off my 2009:

ZORBING

What is Zorbing? What even is a Zorb? My mom calls it overpriced and overrated, but I call it fun.

zorbing |ˈzôrbi ng |
noun
a sport in which a participant is secured inside an inner capsule in a large, transparent ball that is then rolled along the ground or down hills.
ORIGIN 1990s: from zorb, the invented name for the ball, + -ing.

-New Oxford American Dictionary

Or, in other words, a big inflatable hamster ball that is rolling down a hill super fast. My brother and I went on the Zorb in Rotorua, on the North Island of New Zealand. But really we weren’t tall enough for the Zorb so instead we did the Zorb-dro. The only difference is that you are not strapped in to the Zorb-dro — you’re just bouncing around loose — and there’s water in it too, so you are flopping around while getting soaked in freezing water. It was incredibly fun! My mom made a movie about it that you can watch.YouTube Preview Image

HARRIS HILL

The view from our cottage on Harris Hill near Nelson. There were lots of animals such as cows, goats, pigs, sheep, llamas and ponies.

The view from our cottage on Harris Hill near Nelson. There were lots of animals such as cows, goats, pigs, sheep, llamas and ponies.

My family and I stayed in a cottage on Harris Hill, an amazing farm on top of a hill on the South Island of New Zealand. You look outside and see the blue bay surrounded by green mountains and a clear blue sky. Kyle wrote a really good description of it and helped make a movie that you can check out on our family blog.

THE JESTER HOUSE CAFE

The Jester House Cafe is THE coolest and weirdest cafe I have ever been at in my life. We had heard numerous recommendations about The Jester House Cafe so we decided to drive there.

The Jester House Cafe's "tame" eels were actually kind of aggressive.

The Jester House Cafe's "tame" eels were actually kind of aggressive.

The hour drive wasn’t that nice but IT WAS SO WORTH IT!!! When you first go in you see flowers and flowers, and then you walk across a bridge and under the bridge is a river. That is no ordinary river because IT’S FILLED WITH EELS! And, you can feed them too! After you cross the bridge you see a giant chess set and all around it is a beautiful garden with a forest on one side and a playground on the other and tables scattered all around.

My brother, Kyle, and I immediately ran to the eels. The eels are black and feel like a wet bar of soap, and they are really fun to pet. You can buy a little container filled with brain (that’s what they eat — but I don’t know what kind of brain it was; maybe it was pig brain) and two Popsicle sticks. How it works is you put your bait (the brain) on the end of the Popsicle stick and put it near an eel’s mouth. My first time didn’t go so well. The eels have really strong jaws so when they get hold of the stick they don’t want to let go. So, I put my stick near a giant eel’s mouth and without missing a beat, it clamped its jaw on the Popsicle stick. It soon turned into a game of tug-of-war. I didn’t want to lose my stick so I pulled really hard, pulling the eel out of the water! I was still holding my stick, which now had a dangling eel at the end! I got really freaked out so I threw the Popsicle stick on the ground. The eel (still hanging on to the stick) slithered back into the water. I never got my stick back.

WOW: THE WORLD OF WEARABLE ART MUSEUM

At the World of Wearable Art and classic car museum, one of my favorite dresses was this car outfit.

At the World of Wearable Art and classic car museum, one of my favorite dresses was this car outfit.

The World Of Wearable Art Museum has the weirdest, most unusual, wackiest fashions I have ever seen. Some of the different categories the designers designed for are glow-in-the-dark, wooden, bizarre bras, tropical paradise, recyclable, and way more. I saw dresses with wooden skirts and tops, outfits with ear plugs all over them (the earplugs made the outfit look like an alien cactus), a dress made of tea bags and coffee filters, a glow-in-the-dark hat shaped into a UFO with aliens coming out of it, and soooooooooo much more! My favorite outfit was a dress made 100% out of wood. It looked old fashioned because the wooden skirt looked like a hoop skirt. It was beautifully crafted.

Along with all the amazing fashions, the museum also has classic cars. We saw all different kinds of cars from the 1910s horseless carriages to a sports car with doors that opened upward that was in Back to the Future. It was amazing!

The dress in the middle is made fully out of wood and is definitely my favorite! The dress to the right is made of metal, and the one on the left is made of tea bags and coffee filters.

The dress in the middle is made fully out of wood and is definitely my favorite! The dress to the right is made of metal, and the one on the left is made of tea bags and coffee filters.

NEW ADVENTURES IN NEW ZEALAND

I have been having so many adventures, not only in New Zealand but everywhere else I have been to. I am coming up on the halfway point on my trip. This school year is flying by and soon it will be over. I love Piedmont, but I also love traveling. If I never did this trip then I never would’ve been able to do any of this stuff, and that is definitely why I love traveling.

13 Responses to “New Adventures In New Zealand”

  1. The car dress is my favorite from the pictures If I wore it here in San Francisco, I doubt anyone would notice…lol! New Zealand sounds like a fantastic place. I’m glad you having fun..keep writing the updates. I really enjoy reading them. Miss you! Love
    Cheryl

  2. Wow, Colly — you’ve been so busy with some really neat stuff! I’m imagining you at the wearable art show and I bet you had some great ideas of your own to add to the exhibit. Kind of like Project Runway but even better, huh?! Those eels are totally gross. Actually, what’s even grosser is the fact that you feed them BRAINS!! eeeeeeoooooo – I’m nauseaus! I’m glad you’re having such a cool time and I hope you are learning lots about the world. Hug your brother for me and have him hug you back for me, too. I love you guys!

    :) Martha

  3. OMG THE ZORB LOOKS AWESOME!!!!! i want 1! :'(
    the eels look scary! at first i thought they were snakes!
    how could u feed them brain? i would never even get close to brain let alon feed it to EELS! i miss ya! email me!!!
    Megwon

  4. P.S. Alone not alon

  5. OMG I WANT A ZORB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    EWW the eels eat brain??? sounds disgusting but they most be pretty smart cause they eat brains hehe. I wish you were back home but it sounds so fun!!!!!!!!!!!! I STILL WANT A ZORBBBBBBBB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve always wanted a big hamster ball thing for me!!!

  6. The zorb is amazing looking!!!!!!!! Miss Ya! Those eels are intense I would freak out. I wonder where your stick is? See ya soon!!!!!!!!

  7. oh my frickin god eels and i cant beleive u fed them BRAIN. i am going to admitt it i would have screamed and ran. its true. zorb looks soooooooo fun!!!!! ugh!!! i am incredibly jealous. the view is soo pretty!!!!
    We miss u so much but it looks like your having a lot of fun!! email me!!
    –Juliaaaaaa

  8. zorb? eels? I am incredibly jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i also thought the eels were snakes at first. lol. i wanna zorb!

    ha ha. ; )

    -Merey

  9. Colly,

    What a great wrap up to the year. Can’t wait to hear of future adventures. Thanks for posting this!

  10. ZORBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB!!!

  11. The Zorb looks like a ton of fun but wouldn’t it be even more dangerous to not be strapped in? Everything you’re doing sounds like soooooooooo much fun. Your blog is really cool to read and all the places you’re going to are awesome. From reading other comments everyone misses you (including me) Have a wonderful time and Write on!

    Sorry, the “write on” part was a bad joke

    come back soon

    -Jenna

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  13. z.o.r.b sounds fun keep updating