Written by Tegan Haywood 8KS
On Wednesday, 28th of August, 8KS embarked on the trip of a lifetime into the beautiful Fiordland bush. Once we arrived at Deep Cove we went into the hostel and met Billy the Hostel Manager and had a quick safety briefing. Then the fun began! We left on our first walk to the stunning Helena Falls. We walked through muddy creeks and sludgy grass, but it was worth it for the beautiful waterfall at the end. When we got back to the hostel, we had some down time to play cards and stack cups which got very competitive. Everyone calmed down in time for dinner which was yummy devilled sausages. For dessert we created ‘Regeneration Cakes’ where we were put in a group given a set of instructions a plate of toppings and had to try make the cake look like a regenerated forest. They all looked very good, but my group (Maegan, Dana, Connor, Lily and Mya) won the bag of gummy worms. We went on a night walk where we saw the shiny glow worms (there were tons), it was awesome! When we came back, we had to go to bed. There was thunder and rain all night.
When we woke up we were meant to walk up to Hanging Valley, but it had rained so much instead we watched a documentary about seals. Later that day we were given the opportunity to go to Hanging Valley as the weather cleared up. The group who went to Hanging Valley went fishing first and Ellie caught a baby shark! The group who didn’t walk to Hanging Valley tried their luck with the confidence course. Hanging Valley was the longest and steepest of all the walks but the view at the top was breathtaking. It was my favourite walk. When we got back, we looked at plankton which Taleigha, the Real Journeys nature guide collected while we were out fishing. She also taught us more about glowworms when we wondered the Brasell Point nature walk.
On the third day we were lucky enough to hop aboard the Fiordland Navigator for a cruise out on the Sound. The view from the boat was phenomenal the sparkling water and the gushing waterfalls were magnificent. We had a lot of fun playing cards and some board games that they had on the boat. When we got off the boat we went for the old doubtful walk and did more fishing. The final night was a night of entertainment. We had a camp concert there were tons of fantastic acts, skits, songs, talent shows and lots more. It was definitely a laugh!
The next morning, we bid farewell to Deep Cove and all the people there, then we hopped on the bus and went back home!
A huge thank you to ….... all the parent helpers; Jayne, Gavin, Dana, Mike and Shaun, Billy the Hostel Manager, Mr Kotkamp and all the people at Real Journeys who made this trip possible!