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New Zealand Geography Expedition – Milford Sound & Te Anau

Saturday 31st March brought quite possibly the earliest start of the expedition so far (vans packed for a 5:45am departure). As the rest of Queenstown slept, we started the next leg of the tour, headed for Te Anau.

After a fairly sleepy four hours (except for the teachers), passing Lake Wakatipu and heading round the mountains to Te Anau, we had a brief bag drop (and toilet stop). Then continued for a further two hours to Milford Sound – we had plenty of photo opportunities as we waited for the Homer Tunnel to allow us through.

We arrived at a drizzly Milford Sound just in time for elevenses (hot pies) before the cruise ahead. As the weather cleared up we boarded the 12pm cruise – with an endless supply of tea and coffee and free Hokey Pokey ice cream from a former student of Ms Bielby’s – we begun our journey through the Fiord. There were stunning views from all angles off the sides of the boat, we passed near waterfalls and saw some river natives (seals).

The day clearly got a bit too much for some of us as Elliot decided to take a nap and April Fool’s came early to New Zealand when we decided to “leave” him on the boat, for him to quickly realise we were gone and soon catch up.

As we arrived back at the hostel and onto the daily food run we had one of the funniest surprises of the expedition as a Chucklevision car and a Spider bike tore (safely) through the car park. The fun continued with a room on room game of football with Team Thirteen (& Elliot) winning 13-11.
After all that excitement (and such a long day) it was tea and a fairly early night, with genuine excitement throughout the group for gaining an hour (with the clock change) and the imminent lie in on our second study day.

Our second day at Te Anau brought a leisurely (but productive) study day with at least six hours work completed by everyone. After such a busy day there were some sporting activities (round two of Football), a volleyball game and just generally enjoying the beautiful weather. Then the year thirteens lit up the BBQ and we made the most of the evening, the food and the company.

Frankie + Tom








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