Our first week in New Zealand has flown by fast, and we spent the last few days taking part in outdoor activities. On Friday we travelled to Peel Forest near Timaru and enjoyed hiking through some beautiful bush tracks, listening to the birdsong before arriving at a huge 1,000-year-old totara tree. We then visited an organic farm for lunch before heading back, stopping off for ice creams on the way.
On Saturday, we went to the Waimakariri River valley where we started the day with a rocket-fast jet boat ride up the river full of screams and spins. Then we enjoyed a sheep show and some of the students even had a chance to be like sheep dogs, chasing sheep around the fields. We couldn’t beat Chris’ amazing dogs, Blue and Flynn however. After a BBQ lunch, we all had a 45-minute horse-riding trek through some of the local farmland. A great day, and everyone was pretty tired by the time we headed home!