Gold Adventurous Journey - Duke of Edinburgh's Award

2018 10 26 dofe new zealand preview web 01On Saturday 8 December 2018, nine students, two teachers and two staff members will travel to Queenstown, New Zealand to walk the iconic Routeburn and Kepler Tracks.

During their time away they will walk approximately 100 kilometres through some of the world’s most awesome scenery and marvel at the majesty and power of God’s creation. They will also experience the adrenaline surges in Ziplining down the height of a seven storey building, cruising the stupendous Milford Sound, kayaking along craggy Doubtful Sound, bike riding along Queenstown Trails, jet boating through the Shotover River Gorge and the exhilaration of luge riding with the majestic vista of Lake Wakatipu as a backdrop.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Pacific Hills continues to grow in popularity. This will be our second trip to New Zealand with another one planned for 2019. The Award, which celebrates its fiftieth year in Australia in 2019, is a program to encourage and support young people to develop physically, socially, in skills, service and to develop character through adventurous journeys in wilderness areas.

The Routeburn Track is one of the prettiest walks in the world. The 33 kilometre walk traverses the magnificent Routeburn Valley, across Harris Saddle with breathtaking views of the Darran Mountains, past stunningly beautiful Lake McKenzie and Lake Howden and ends not far from Milford Sound. It is regarded as the 8th best walk in the world which means the other seven would have to be absolutely outstanding to beat it.

The 67 kilometre long Kepler Track is a circular track starting from and ending at Te Anau. It has beautiful views across Lake Manapouri and the experience of walking along the ridges along Mt Luxmore is reminiscent of the “King of the World” scene from ‘Titanic’. It is a serious test of one’s thighs, knees and ankles. Snow is quite possible on this walk even in the heights of summer. It will be an amazing experience.

We depart on Saturday 8 December and return on Saturday 22 December. Please pray for safety and for a wonderful experience.


Students
Students: Augusta Bothma, Tahlia Fulton, Luka Kiehl, Ewan Maccoll, Blake Ryan, Aidan Sumskas, Nathan Toth, Caden Wickham-Hill, Nicholas White

Teachers
Colin Lees and Bronwyn O’Neil

Staff Members
Marie-Louise Fitzgerald and Karen Smith


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