Japan is a very busy country with many fun things to do. New Zealand has a lot less people and fewer fun things to do, so maybe that’s why New Zealand people invented bungee jumping. Why anyone would want to voluntarily jump off a bridge is a mystery, however, every year, many people do just this. Bungee jumping became famous when New Zealander, A.J. Hackett, bungee jumped off the Eifel Tower as a publicity stunt. He was arrested for doing this, but his company has since made millions of dollars. The first place in the world that people could pay to go bungee jumping was the Kawerau Bridge Bungee Jump near Queenstown, on the South Island of New Zealand. The jump is 42 metres off an old bridge over a fast-flowing river filled with rocks. British Hills teacher, Jordan, is terrified of high places, but his crazy girlfriend really wanted to do a bungee jump… together. Here is a video of poor Jordan being made to jump off the bridge. Pay attention to the terrified expression on his handsome face.
Somehow, bungee jumping became extremely popular and many new bungee jump locations have been made around the area. This highest bungee jump is the Nevis bungee, 142 meters high, meaning bungee jumpers freefall for 9 seconds. There is also a bungee swing, as can been seen in the video below (swing starts at 1:20).
New Zealand has some of the best places in the world to see stars. The MacKenzie Country district, in particular, is famous for its night sky. The Lake Tekapo area recently became the world's first World Heritage Site for star gazing.
In New Zealand, there are many famous and popular hiking tracks that take several days to complete. The most popular of all is the Milford Track. It starts at the head of Lake Te Anau and the area may look familiar to some people because it was featured in the movie The Lord of the Rings.
The track takes about three or four days and goes through some of the most beautiful countryside and mountains in the world. There are several huts where you can stay along the way. The track is open from late-Novemeber to mid-March when the weather is best. Chances are that it will still rain however, and night time is very cold. There are also many, many sandflies. In fact, the track ends at a place called Sandfly Point. Sandflies are like mosquitoes, but bigger, and their bites are even more itchy and annoying, so be sure to take a lot of insect repellant. The walk is very long and goes up and down mountains, so it can be quite hard for many people. You have to carry a bag full of your water, food, change of clothes, any medicine you might need, insect repellant, and even a tent if you want to be safe. Some people hire a guide to carry their bags for them, however, these people are cheating and are weak.
A popular pass time among New Zealand teenagers is pour petrol in the road and spin the tires of their cars to make lots of smoke. The legal driving age in Japan is 18 years-old, but in New Zealand it is 15 years-old, so many high school students have cars. This, of course, leads to increased stupidity with cars, so things like burn-outs are very popular. Another thing kids like to do are doughnuts, where you lock the steering wheel and spin the back wheels of the car round and round in a circle. New Zealand doesn’t have karaoke or other fun things for kids to do, so driving around in cars with your friends on a Friday or Saturday night is probably the most popular activity among New Zealand high school students. Boy racers are a special group of car enthusiasts who sometimes have nicer, more expensive cars. As the name suggests, they often like to race each other, kind of like Initial D, but not as cool. Of course, this is incredibly dangerous and illegal, so the police often chase boy racers, and many people complain about the noise their cars make. Boy racers compete to have the best car out of their group of friends, spending a lot of money on upgrades and upgrades to their cars.