Today we stayed in Wanaka, just as we will do tomorrow. It´s really nice here! After breakfast we were Paddleboarding. Or Stand-up-paddleing. Whatever you like better.
Do you know that? If not, here a short description: You stand on a Surfboard, which is a little bit bigger than a real surfboard. And you paddle. I really like it! We paddled to a small Island in the middle of the Wanaka lake. Okay, not the middle, but it was not too close! After a short rest there we changed devices. Whoever went with a kayak till now would go back with a Board. So I did kayaking. I like both, but I really prefer Stand-up-paddling! Has one of you done it till now? If yes, which one did you prefer?
At the afternoon we went biking. A really nice sport! It was mountainbiking to be honest. But still, great! The track we went was much better than just a street. I miss biking really much. AT my hostfamily I don´t have an bike. But, hey! Here are other sports. When we are talking about sports: On the trip we did so many sports. We were really active! We went hiking and swimming very often. But who am I to say that´s bad? It is not! I really love both of these sports!
In the evening we had time again. Yesterday we watched Charlie and the chocolatefactory. At the motel we stay with you can borrow movies. Today we didn´t wanted to watch a clacc again, but a new zealand one. Well, more one, which was filmed here. No, not Lord of rings, and also not Avatar. Narnia was filmed in New Zealand too. We watched the first one. I really like it!
All the best, Jana
Today we started the trip. First we met at the school, and then we drove to Tekapo in two vans. I was in a very quiet one, but that was not that bad. We made a stop at Fairlie. There is the probably best pies shop in whole new zealand. The pies were just perfect. If you ever visit New Zealand, you have to eat a pie there!
Than we went on to Tekapo. Tekapo is a small town at a lake. A pretty big lake. Actually, not so big like Taupo (the supervolcano), but still pretty big. A friend said it looked a little bit like Norway.
We went hiking to a viewpoint at the top of a hill. It was incredible! Really, the lake and all the mountains are so beautiful! Just beautiful! And if you ever go there, look at the stars. They are really incredible. It looks like a picture from Hubble, the space telescope. I was not able to make a picture of that because there was no chance to get the stars onto the photos how they looked like. Probably you know pictures of the sky from years ago, when there was not so much light to cover the stars. It looks like that.
In the lake you shouldn´t swim if you ask our teachers. That´s why we were in Hot springs. Again. It is exactly like Hot water pools. I like it, and it is relaxing, but I guess I was just too often in these pools. But still, the view from these Pools is pretty nice. The view from the Pools there was better than even in Taupo. There you could see over the lake, there were lights. Even that was stunning, but this was even better! You can´t describe that. To understand what I mean you must see it!
All the best, Jana
Hot Water Pools
In whole New Zealand you can find Hot water pools. I will visit one with the South Island Trip from the school. That will hopefully pretty fun! I like the pools pretty much! They are very nice! It´s a very special feeling when you enter the pools. It´s just warm. Like a Wirlpool, but naturally! There are vey many different minerals in the water, which makes the water look very dirty. But it is not! It´s cool to swim there. Very relaxing!
Hot Water Beach
The Hot Water Beach is at the north island too. It´s a place, where you dig small holes into the sand, where the water comes to be hot and water comes (like at almost every beach) after digging a while. The special thing is, that it gets hot, the water gets hot, because the ground is hot . Theground is very thin at this point, so the sand gets very hot. To be honest: Too hot for me. I was swimming in the ocean the most time! It´s a little bit like a whirlpool again. Or like a herd. It just gets hot
But, hey, I really was swimming everywhere. Even if it was only about 13 °C outside…
All the best, Jana