24 students, 4 leaders for 12 days in the South Island of New Zealand

On March 27th, our plane touched down in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand.  The first leg of the trip was an exploration of the Otago peninsula where we saw the Royal Albatross, some fur seals as well as blue penguins.

We then travelled down to the Catlins, the rugged southeast coast of the South Island. We visited Nugget Point, Tunnel Beach, Cathedral Caves, magnificent waterfalls and saw rare Hector's dolphins at Curio Bay in the surf.

We traveled on to Te Anau and prepared for the hike on the Kepler Track. The weather here is generally very unpredictable, but we caught a window with excellent conditions and breath-taking views of the alpine sections. We were able to summit Mt Luxmore for the first time in 3 years. We explored the Luxmore caves, visited the Iris Burn waterfall, swam in Lake Manapouri and simply enjoyed each other's company. 

After the 73 km hike was completed the group visited Milford Sound on a day tour and the following day experienced an overnight trip on Doubtful Sound where we kayaked in Crooked Arm, jumped off the boat and had a swim in the frigid waters, visited a fur seal colony and ended the evening with a huge buffet meal. 

Honestly, I can say the trip has to be one of the highlights of my time at Redlands College. I learnt so much about myself and my fellow students. It was amazing to experience such a beautiful country with my friends. 

Reid Hasenkam, Year 12 

Our group was complimented at every location, as others were surprised and impressed by their behaviour and responsibility. They have represented the College admirably.