After much anticipation and excitement, our Year 13 Geography trip was finally here. We arrived in Queenstown and began our tourism experiences at Skyline Queenstown, where we met Collette and discussed all things tourism. We asked some excellent questions and it was very interesting! After taste testing the dessert cabinet at Skyline’s award winning café, we began our Luge Racing. We whizzed around the luge tracks, leaving everyone else in our speed dust.
We boarded the gondolas once again and enjoyed the scenic views Queenstown has to offer on our way back down. Our schedule was tight over these two days, so once back on the ground we sped to Fear Factory and began our experience at New Zealand’s scariest Haunted House. Overall, that experience was one I wouldn’t do again but it was nice to hear Griffin’s girly little screams. We stopped for some kai at half time and ventured into town to find ourselves a feed. After lunch, we met Alex from the Council and discussed the accelerating rate at which Queenstown is growing at, an interesting topic in many ways;
An enthusiastic Mr Terry then insisted we should walk up Queenstown Hill and experience Queenstown’s serene views once again. This passed the time and when we got back down it was time for FergBurger!!!! It lives up to its name in many ways; you get a nice yummy burger and you also get to spot celebrities! We saw Grace Palmer from Shortland Street there, but were too nervous to say hi. Mrs T ordered the Cajun chicken burger with beautiful spices and thought it was very yummy.
After this we went to Pak n save to get some brekkie, made some tik toks in the frozen vegetable isle and travelled to Arrowtown to the campground, where we were staying. It’s a really clean campground; we didn’t even have to wear jandals in the shower!
The next morning, we visited the Arrowtown Museum where we met Kelly Roos and she gave us all the answers for the exam! We then raced to the airport to meet Chris, where he told us everything he knew about the airport and how it was run. After this we drove to QRC where we were given a tour of their facilities and all the information about your first year there as a student. We then visited a Mexican restaurant, got some nachos and some burritos and departed Queenstown.
Overall, the Geography class thoroughly enjoyed this trip! It was well run, with a good balance of fun and learning. Everybody we spoke to helped to further our understanding of the exam slightly more and we all feel prepared for it. We would like to thank Mr Terry and Mrs Thompson for organising the trip and taking us.
Love, the Year 13 Geo Class.