ONCE A LAND OF BIRDS – Cry of the Kiwi: A Family’s New Zealand Adventure, Book 1
Keen for adventure and surrounded by South Island’s spectacular landscapes, the Nams plunge into their travel adventure of a lifetime in a land of volcanoes, giant trees, and endangered flightless birds. They scramble up dormant volcanoes on Banks Peninsula, hike through Buller District’s rain-swept, mountain-crowded valleys, and nearly get run over by a thrill-seeking mountain biker in the foothills of the Southern Alps. They tramp over windswept pastures, watch penguins swim ashore at Oamaru, slide into a gully to find native palm trees in a rich coastal forest, and ride horses through glacier-carved Dart River Valley near Queenstown, the self-proclaimed Adventure Capital of the World. Amid violent rain storms, hail, and scorching heat, the Nams settle into small-town life in Lincoln. Vilis begins his stoat research aimed at helping to rid New Zealand of stoats, public enemy number one of New Zealand’s birds. Magi and the boys learn that New Zealand was the last large landmass to be populated by humans and delve into the history of this “land of birds” and its settlement by Maori and Europeans. The boys share a magical moment with black swans and strive to overcome a danger inherent in homeschooling far from home.
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