I can whole heartedly say that the eight days I spent in New Zealand were filled with some of most incredible experiences I have ever enjoyed in my life.
Each morning we woke up knowing that the day ahead of us was to be filled with new and exciting adventures. Breathtaking scenery, stunning sunsets, once in a lifetime experiences and lifelong friendships, to name a few. We saw and experienced some of the most spectacular landscapes and activities during our stay in New Zealand.
I was loaded with excitement as we walked through the gate to board our flight to Auckland. There were only a few people that I knew with me but there was absolutely nothing to worry about. We connected almost immediately and people I had only seen in the school corridors were now part of my family, my New Zealand family. I made friends with people younger than me, older than me and everywhere in between. We were all super close, regardless of our difference in ages and year levels.
Each day was packed with incredible activities. On our first day we soaked in the hot springs in Rotorua, which was lovely after our flight. We were immersed in Maori culture and had opportunities to view Maori cultural performances. The boys learnt the famous traditional Maori Haka, which was very entertaining to watch. The Maori performances were breathtaking. The voices of the performers were absolutely beautiful and I could easily have watched them perform for hours on end. We visited the Hobbiton film set which was amazing, as well as visiting The Lord of the Rings film sites. We had the opportunity to touch New Zealand glaciers and parasail over breathtaking Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. The scenery in the country was absolutely amazing. All the activities in which we participated were so interesting and I learnt so much – not just about New Zealand, but also about myself. The New Zealand trip was fantastic because it gave us a sense of independence, responsibility and confidence. This came from working as a team and we always supported and looked out for one another.
To finish our trip, we took a gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak and enjoyed a formal dinner together, with breathtaking views of Queenstown below. It was so sad that our trip was coming to a close, but it was nice to reflect on the incredible experiences we had shared together.
The New Zealand trip was filled with so many laughs, smiles and tears, at the end of course!
I already want to go back to this incredible country. I promise going on the New Zealand trip in 2018 will be one of the best decisions you will ever make, and I could recommend the trip to anyone.