At 1.00 in the morning I got woken up and got told it was time to go. I was so excited but when we arrived in Melbourne I had butterflies in my tummy because I was scared of the plane. After the take off I was fine. When we were in the air I started watching movies. First I watched “blended”, then I watch a bit of “the other woman”, then the ladies came and gave me breakfast. I had some sort of bacon and egg slice and wedges. When it was time to land I had to put my seatbelt on and sit still. My tummy went in my head, my ears were popping like bubbles and I had rosy red cheeks. I had the best experience. After that we went to our cabin in Pinewood Lodge and dropped our things off and went for a look around town. When we were in town, we went and saw the fish and ducks. Luckily we had a $1 and we got to feed them. We also saw an eel. For tea we had spaghetti and after we had ice cream.
P.S. I’m having trouble with New Zealand money. It’s so confusing.
“Go to sleep”, Mr Holt said…. “You’ll be tired tomorrow”, Mr Holt said….
Pretty pumped for the day ahead!
It’s a bit cold but still an amazing view!
The luge was really fun! We had races and I lost my glove twice. JD crashed which lead me to first place. Shelby was the slowest. Myself and Mr Holt were the only 2 that didn’t get passed by anyone. He’s really, really fast!
Group dental hygiene is important in on camp!
Day 2 NZ
We went to Skyline we had to go up the gondola. It was a little scary at first but then it was fun. I took lots of photos. Then we went to the ledge of Skyline. We got to look at the view. It was amazing! Then we went to the luge. First we had to catch the lift up to the top of the mountain. The luge lady helped us use the karts then we had racing competitions. I won twice and I crashed twice. Mr Holt was fastest. After that we had lunch at Skyline restaurant. It was nice. Then we went on the Zip Trek. There was six tree houses and six long wires. We went upside down and we did 360’s. After that we walked to the Pinewood Lodge. When we got back we got ready to go to Fat Badgers. We got two large pizza’s. They were yummy! We walked back to the Pinewood Lodge and did our work before going to bed.
We’ve just boarded the TSS Earnslaw
Photography by Shelby
We went down to Queenstown and got a photo on the Earnslaw. We got in we went to the engine and wandered around the boat. After we looked at the beautiful view. Then we arrived at Walter Peak. We saw a work dog named Ken. Then we sat down and watched a man named Peter sheer the sheep. Then we watched Ken chase some sheep. Then we got to feed the sheep. Then we went to have an amazing lunch. After lunch we went outside and skimmed stones across the water. I got the most skims. The Earnslaw arrived and we got on and wandered around the boat again. We went back to Pinewood Lodge we got ready and we went to the snow. We threw snowballs at each other and we slid down the hill. We had a lot of fun and we got really wet. Borden was covered in mud! Then we went back to the lodge.
Remarkables Primary School Visit
Today I went to the Remarkables Primary School. When the kids from the school go cooking they go to the Hilton which is like where posh people live. When they do sport they play a game called medic ball. The Remarkables school is sort of 3 story’s high. When we went there they where doing lots of work and they let me interview them which was really helpful. When we where going to leave they said goodbye and good luck on the rest of the trip which was really nice and it was a really good experience so thank you sponsors and the teachers for making this happen.
Today we went to Aqua Land. We got there and we got changed into our bathers and the we went in. The water was nice. There was this whirlpool part where you just sit and relax and it drifts you in circles. There was also this basketball net where you could have shots with the balls. There was also water guns there that were attached on the sides and you press the button to shoot. When you hop out you feel really relaxed.
Guess where we are now!?
Today at 3 o’clock we went to the Queenstown Ice Arena. When we got there we told the man our shoe size and he gave us ice skates. Then we hopped on the ice and went around the edge. When we where confident we let go and started doing it ourselves. When we fell over it was hard to get up. The ice was so slippery and cold it was hard to skate. I was so happy about myself when I started going around the ring fast and with no hands. But some of us had no clue and couldn’t do it. I had a lot of fun ice-skating today. It is a lot better then roller blading when you can ice skate.
P.S I am loving it in New Zealand! I am learning lots and having fun
I was so excited when we walked down the steps. The driver told us that the boat could go in 5cm to 10cm of the water. He said we were going 85-95 kph. It felt like we were drifting. In the jet boats we did 360s and we got really close to the rocks. The driver told us a little bit about the Shotover River history. We got to see a man made water tunnel. It went through a mountain. He told us that the boat weighed three ton without any people in it . We got to see another jet boat go past. The water would slap you in the face. It was freezing cold but fun. After we went to the gift shop. I bought 2 memory sticks. It was the best activity we have done so far.
By Jackson Dacey.
Life Learning Skills
Today I was totally impressed with our group of kids. I told them I wanted this helmet but told them it was the off season and should have been on sale. This is where they stepped in to action… They asked me what I thought it was worth and said “We’ll get it for you”. They came up with the plan that it was my birthday (it’s not) and to ‘put on a bit of a feel good story that you’ve taken us to New Zealand and helped organise our camp’. The story went on and the kids rolled with it. I told them that I’d wait outside and take in the views of Queenstown while they worked their magic (and learnt how to deal with salespeople and the value of money). Five minutes later I had 5 cheeky (but clever) kids walk out of the shop with my new (not $170) $125 snowboard helmet. Look out when they get a bit older and need to buy a car!
Sorry we’re a bit late today. We ran out of data on our SIM card from our posts so far!
Photos taken before our Funyak Safari. Early start today but the views are spectacular! A slight bit of comedy throughout the day where our guides kept referring to our students as Ang and Mr Holts ‘family’… We must be a close group!
Today we went on a bus to go to the Dart River. We arrived in Glenorchy and got our gear. We had to put on jumpers, wetsuit booty things, rubber socks and wetsuits. It was very difficult putting it on. It was very uncomfortable. We went hopped on the Dart River jet boat and did 360’s. During the whole thing we did 3 360’s. We finally arrived at our Funyaks after 1 hour in the jet boat. We were taught the safety rules and we went off. I was with Mr Holt, Broden was with JD, Nat, Shelby and Ang were together. Nat’s group got stuck on the rocks 2 times, Broden and JD got stuck so many times I couldn’t count them. We didn’t get stuck at all. Just kidding, we got stuck only once. There was a stream which I got worried about but we made it safely and we came to a stop. We had to get the rope and drag the boats to shore. We waited for a while and we got back in. We went through a chasm which was beautiful. We saw a girl jump into the very clear water (the water was so deep you couldn’t see the bottom), we went back and dragged the boats ashore. We had lunch and it was delicious. When we were done eating lunch we had to wait for some other people to go. We waited a bit longer and then we finally got to leave. JD and Broden got stuck many times and it was really funny. The girls crashed into us and I pushed them away only to get them stuck in some rocks. After paddling and paddling we finally made it at the end and Mr Holt was an awesome captain.
Wanika – Puzzling World
Today I went to Puzzling World. We parked our van and went to the entrance. At the entrance there was a leaning Tower, it was cool. There must’ve been something wrong with it because we weren’t allowed to go near it (there were workmen in a cherry picker fixing something up and there was also guard tape around it.
We went in and got our hands stamped to prove that we’d entered. First up we went through the five rooms. The first room had all different kinds of 3-D pictures. The second room was tilted and it had confusing stuff like a pool table with a ball that looked like it rolled upwards. The third room was a very puzzling one because it would looked perfectly normal but when you went inside from the back you would see that it’s tilted and the roof isn’t, so one end you would look big and the other you would look small.
The fourth room was a room full of faces on the walls that sort of looked 3-D and it would look like there eyes always followed you. It was a bit creepy. The fifth room was a room full of gallery sort of stuff except it was puzzling, like a water tap had no source and the water was hard but I know what it was, it was a plastic tube. There was also a sculpture that looked really realistic.
We went back and played around with the puzzles they had, like a metal puzzle. We then went to the maze. What you had to do was you had to find the 4 towers then go to the exit in the middle. I was last to finish sadly.
Today we went to the Skyline once again. We went on a gondola. It was fun. I went in a gondola with Nat, Ang and JD. The view was nice but just not as nice as the dinner view. The boys and Mr Holt did the Haka which was really funny. Myself, Nat and Ang danced. It was awesome getting taught how to dance and use the poi and we all learnt stuff about the Maori cultural. At the Haka we saw Alliah from the Remarkebles Primary School. She was helping her mum because she worked there. Mr Holt put his hand up to be chief for the day because no one else wanted to do it. When he was chief he had to pick up a leaf to show them we came in peace and that they’re friends. The dinner was amazing and so was the desert (mmmm, yum) and the view was amazing. Nothing like Australian views. Then we had to go back to Pinewood Lodge which wasn’t far from the Skyline. We had to pack because today is our last day in New Zealand. I really want to stay but I also really, really want to come home. This week has been really fun, educational and I have had an awesome time !!
Won’t be too long before we’re back in Australia! Thank-you to Shaz for all of our home cooked dinners!