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New Zealand Diary – Day 3

March 29, 2010

By Gloria Cheung

It was another eye-opening day I spent in New Zealand.

While the other students were having lessons in the morning, I took a little road trip to Coromandel, a town 45-minutes away from where I am staying. The town has a special railway built inside the hilly, scrub–covered land. What surprised me the most was Barry Brickell, the man who owned the railway, took 32 years to build the tortuous narrow-guage railway track. Accompanying by the three escorts, I had lots of fun traveling inside the scrub by train. Though the track was old, I can really feel the strenuous efforts and passion people gave into the railway decades ago.

In the afternoon, I got back to Whitianga to gather with other students, and we went to a bush walk in Otama Forest Park. . Although the hiking was quite tough to us, we had a good time exploring and learning about the forest. It was like hiking in Hong Kong, but we saw plenty more of amazing vegetation we’ve never seen, such as the distinctive silver ferns. It was interesting to know that under the soil, the forest is abundant with gold. In the past there was even a gold rush, and many companies nowadays still want to explore the gold reserve. However, the New Zealand Government decided to preserve this valuable natural vegetation rather than selling the forest and makes money. I felt most pleased to know how the government and people here treasure the gift from nature.

We went vist our neighbours, Kim and Robin, for a barbecue in the evening. Not only did Kim and Robin treat us with their delicious dishes, we also had a pleasurable time talking with each other. Their friendliness did make a great impression to me.

Gloria Cheung is a Young Post junior reporter. Her trip to New Zealand was sponsored by Proactive Study Abroad.

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