by Sharon Beaumont

Summer Adventures for the International Department

Due to closed borders our international girls were not able to go home to spend their summer with family and friends and so we decided to go on a few adventures and make some New Zealand memories to treasure.

2020 was a tough year for our international girls. They all left their family and friends in January and have not been able to see them since, so it was important that we had some fun over the summer months to make up, in some small way, for the fact that they were stranded here.

We did a lot of activities in and around Dunedin, 10 pin bowling, rock pooling at Brighton beach, Leap, going for our nails done, Christmas dinner at Etrusco, cinema, Escape and lots of lunches and dinners out.

But the highlight was our South Island tour. We hit the road on 11th January and did the Beaumont Jet Boat in Alexandra, Cherry Picking in Cromwell, Puzzling World and the Lavender Farm in Wanaka, Twizel Salmon farm and Sushi, Star Gazing at Mount John in Tekapo, hot pools, pies in Fairlie, shopping in Christchurch, a wildlife harbour tour in Akaroa where we saw so many dolphins, the Antarctic Centre in Christchurch and then a quick stop at Cookie Time before the long drive back to Dunedin.

The smiles on the girls faces say it all - we had a blast!!