It’s been comparatively quiet this week after all the excitement of the exams.

With all the celebrations on Friday night, it was a tired and sorry bunch who boarded the bus at 9am last Saturday for the trip to Queenstown.  Our first stop was Fergburger, THE best hamburger joint in the world which is busy 24/7. Feeling much brighter, we took a stroll around this picturesque little town which is home to virtually every adrenalin activity ever invented.  Most of the group took the gondola up the hill behind town to not only take in the amazing view but to avail ourselves of the other fun things to do up there.  The luge offers beginner and advanced tracks both of which drop 800 metres from top to bottom.  Armed with a pass for multiple runs, everyone did “lap training” of a different sort, riding the chairlift up with the cart hanging off underneath and then powering down as fast as they could.  To brake was to admit defeat!  Kirk, James and Elliot did the Ledge bungy while the others watched and cheered them on.   Then there was a game of indoor crazy golf before we went our own ways for dinner. We all met back up again in Altitude bar and headed out to hit the town.   Some caught up with an organised pub crawl while others cruised Qtown at their own pace.  It was a late but great night.

We had plenty of time on Sunday morning around town.  Some took a ride on the Shotover jetboat (the original and still the best), others went shopping or downed a serious breakfast.   Peter Ingall admirably got up super early to do the Canyon Swing which he thoroughly enjoyed despite some serious nerves! We all got back to Wanaka mid afternoon and had a quick rest and shower before having dinner at the Wanaka Ale House.

Monday saw Skool resume, this time for Level 2 training.  Groups have been shuffled around again and all spent the day riding and exploring the mountain.  It was an easy day getting back into it after the exams.  On the way home, there was pizza at The Venue before both boarders and skiers headed off to evening class.

Bad visibility and snow showers on Tuesday made riding and skiing quite challenging.  The focus of training shifted from drills and demo practice to improving riding and skiing, which pleased all the students no end.

Freestyle Wednesday took place in really bad vis.  It wasn’t enjoyable for anyone and some who were not involved in the freestyle classes hitched back early to catch up on a few z’s and be well-rested for the pub quiz that night at Bullock Bar.

Mixed weather on Thursday brought with it some sunshine, some cloud, some variable visibility and, in the absence of new snow, some spring conditions.  A few of the students were eagerly awaiting  A-level results so there were a few drinks to calm the nerves and in anticipation of what would hopefully prove to be good results….and indeed they were.   Elliot has been accepted to Cambridge (WTG!) and Becca scored an A* and 2 As for her exams.  Billy and Campbell were still waiting to hear their results.

To see all the fab photos of our antics in Queenstown, look HERE

That’s it from us for the week that was in Wanaka!

  1. Jeanette McDonald says:

    I think the weekly news letter is fantastic, it keeps us up to date with what the students are doing and how they are getting on,
    Its great that they are doing other activities to give them and your good selves a break from studying/boarding/skiing etc,
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for making the separation of our LITTLE loved ones,( who have gone on a great adventure) a whole lot less worrying.
    P.S Looking forward to next week, GOOD LUCK EVERY-ONE

  2. Our pleasure Jeanette and thanks for taking the time to let us know how much you appreciate it! Cheers for now, Phil

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