|Snow, sun and skiing fun in New Zealand! - 06 August 2014|
A group of 40 students and four accompanying teachers headed to the snowfields of Queenstown, New Zealand to ski/ snowboard the slopes of Coronet Peak and Cardrona in the second week of the recent July winter holidays.
The tour was led by Ms Korneha and supported by Ms Feeney, Frau Rucker and Mr Weir as well as Mr Brown from the Tour Company.
Students had the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard and develop their skills over five days on the mountains through attending 90 minute lessons with instructors in the mornings and practice opportunities in the afternoons.
There was a rest day in the middle of the week where students went on the Queenstown Skyline Gondola and two fast and exciting luge rides.
Afterwards, the group watched a traditional Kiwi Haka Show - where our own Mr Weir demonstrated his scariest haka grimaces! - and enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner.
For many girls, it was the first time ever to experience snow and all enjoyed trying to build the best snow man for a funny and entertaining snow man competition.
The weather was wonderful with sunshine most of the time and relatively pleasant daytime temperatures of around 1 to 5 degrees.
On the last day, most of the students (and teachers!) also went into Queenstown for one last bout of souvenir shopping, hot chocolate at Starbucks and a taste of the famous, humongous Fergburger, before it was time to head to the airport for the return flight to Brisbane.
A great time was had by all and many students plan to keep up skiing and snowboarding as their new winter sport in the future.