By Submitted | Posted: Wednesday December 9, 2015
Read about some of the end of year activities that took place last week
Mountain Bike trip to Queenstown
By 7.15am the group had loaded the trailer with a dozen mountain bikes and filled a truck with food and bike gear. By 12.30pm we were at Gibbston Valley Winery – not the usual place to take 9 junior boys but we were there for their Mountain Bike tracks. This is called Rabbit Ridge Bike Park and it was great fun, swooping along the tracks and turning around and doing them again and again! The heat was terrific and after a few hours the whole group was found sheltering under the shade of the trees. Next stop was swimming in a beautiful glacial lake. Disturbing the peace and tranquillity of tourists sunbathing came with the territory. They looked relieved as we left! The swimming continued after tea at the accommodation, this time in Lake Wakatipu.
The next day was wet and so our original plan of a day riding the Moke Lake circuit was canned and we rode a shorter, low level track to Jacks Point.. in the rain! By lunch we were back at the accommodation to get dry and warm. An afternoon was spent mooching around the shops in Queenstown and the weather conveniently brightened up. Afterwards an hour spent doing skills games and races in Jardine Park whilst the pizzas cooked. The evening was rounded off with another cold dip in the Wakatipu.
Friday dawned dry. We had hoped to ride the Skyline trails in Queenstown, this was to be the highlight as we would hook our bikes onto the gondola and ride down. Unfortunately Skyline stated that due to the age of our group we needed to wear full face helmets and body armour for their trails. In a world of increasing litigation you can’t blame them, but it was still a major disappointment for the boys. To compensate we drove up to the high point of the Moke Lake circuit and rode down to Lake Wakatipu via the most excellent, recently built Phoenix track. Icing on the cake was an hour and a half at 7 Mile Mountain Bike Park before we pointed the van back towards Geraldine and the Santa Parade.
Massive thanks goes to Gary Harford for giving up his time to come along with us. Trips such as this could not operate without parental help.
The trip to Hanmer included lots of activities including a Scavenger Hunt around Hanmer Springs, Mini Golf and a bit of shopping. The first evening we went out for dinner at Robbies and got to celebrate Ms Williams's birthday there!
On Thursday everyone had a great day at the Hot Pools and finished off the day with a Burma Trail walk in the dark and a movie.
On Friday we went to the Mini Golf and Maize before heading home to Geraldine.
On Friday 4th December, Ms Donald and Ms Cramond took a great bunch of students out for a day to Adrenaline Forest for high wire climbing and aerial challenges amongst the tree tops.
Students had the opportunity to attempt Levels 1 through to 6 with each level harder than the next. Several made it the whole way conquering their fears of heights.
A fantastic day was had by all!