Windy Wellington! by Christie Sinclair

Year 10 - Group 3 trip to Wellington

A windy few days in Wellington for group 3

Early on Wednesday morning the third group of Year 10 girls met at the airport to jet off to Wellington. Upon arrival we left our bags in the hostel and walked down to the waterfront to the Wharewaka to learn about Māori customs. We learnt different calls and how to hold the paddle. We also got to see the original foundation of a real Māori whare. In between activities we went for lunch and we all went up the cable cart to the gardens. In the afternoon we were able to go to the war exhibition at Te Papa. It was such a cool experience and the lifelike giant statues of people in the war were incredible and looked so real. As an extra, some of us wanted to have a little look around and we got to experience the earthquake room. To end the evening we wandered to the movies to watch JoJo Rabbit which all of us really enjoyed.

Starting our Thursday morning, everyone went out to get themselves breakfast, then we across the waterfront to Clip and Climb. Everyone got harnessed up and gave it a good go. Everyone got out of their comfort zone with many girls reaching the top of many walls, even the teachers! We kept on walking and stopped for lunch along the way, until we reached the circus school. Here we got to have a go at aerial silks, juggling and trapeze. It was cool to learn all of the new skills and tricks. We were all starting to tire out so we caught a double-decker bus back into town. With the free time we got then, people went shopping or back to the hostel and at 5:30 we went out for tea. After dinner we returned back to the hostel for some time to hang out with our friends.

By Friday morning, some of us were rather tired. After a late night it was a bit harder to get up and get going but once we did it was good. We walked back to the circus school for round two and got to do juggling and silks again, plus got to try aerial hoops. It made us use all our muscles and we were all very sore and tired afterwards. We again decided to bus back into town to Cuba Street to get some lunch before walking to the Beehive. The Beehive and Parliament house was such a cool place to walk around. We got to see where Jacinda does her TV announcements and got to look in the Debating Chamber. Afterwards we went to the National Library where we got to see some of New Zealand’s famous documents such as the Treaty of Waitangi. It was surreal to see the actual document and to know that that was the founding document of New Zealand. After some more free time we walked back to the hostel, packed our bags into taxi vans and drove to the airport to fly home.

Everyone loved the Wellington trip but was very tired and sore by the time we had to go home. We would like to thank Mrs Sinclair, Mr Everett and Ms Andrew for coming along and joining in on this trip. This camp was such a cool and different experience and we were very lucky to be able to go.

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