Ode To New Zealand
Ode To New Zealand
(By Monica Toretto)
New Zealand, known as the land of the long white cloud,
You may have heard but what’s it all about?
It’s full of spirits that are free,
It’s just what you imagine it to be.
With crystal clear rivers and splendid beaches,
But thankfully, none of those horrible leeches.
Yes, our ground sometimes shakes
But we harbour no snakes
Nor do we have any other creatures looking to kill.
It’s a perfect place for those seeking a thrill;
White water rafting, skiing, bungee-jumping and hiking
What is there not to your liking?
If that sounds like too much excitement and adventure is not for you,
There is still so much to see, experience and to do.
Leave the city behind and let your feet hit the ground,
There are many trails and country towns to look around.
You’ll find lovely people with a smile on their face
Yes, New Zealand is such a place
Where everyone is treated as a dear old friend
And help is always available around the next bend.
New Zealand has it all; tall snow-capped mountains and valleys below
The history retold in great detail by the locals who know.
Our history is rich, our trees aged long ago and our birds don’t fly
Our love for the land is strong, and we enjoy a mince-pie
The All Blacks are famous for their Haka and rugby skills
We are named after our Kiwi, those flightless birds with long bills.
Our capital has its own beehive, but is not our largest city
That belongs to Auckland, but there is no need to take pity.
Travel between the cities and you will soon see
The reason why we stay Nuclear Free.
Lush native forests, endless beaches and breath-taking stations with sheep,
Those memories are given for free, forever yours to keep.
During happy hour at the local pub, you’ll be welcomed with open arms,
You get a cold drink and good old ‘kiwi tucker’ all with a view of the farms.
A multi-culture nation, we are proud of who we are
So whether you come from near or far
You’ll be welcomed and made to feel as one of us
You’ll see when you travel by plane, boat, car or bus.
We are one small nation, but when the working day is done,
Our hearts beat together, together as one.