A man named Tiki came to our hostel at Four Canoes and hongi’d us, but this time was slightly different. Instead of one nose/forehead touch, we did it twice. So it was sort of like a double tap like on Insta.

We learned the haka! A haka is a Maori dance that involves lots of yelling and dancing. The All Blacks rugby team performs a haka before every match, and they do it to show that they respect their opponents but will try their hardest to win. I’m not sure if we looked intimidating like we were supposed to, but it was really fun trying. We learned the words and movements, and also the meaning of what we were saying and doing.

We also went to the Agrodome where we saw a dog herd sheep. We also learned about the importance of farming in New Zealand, and then we were able to see baby sheep and some cows too.

sheep herder



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