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New Zealand Diary – Day 6

March 31, 2010

By Gloria Cheung

Though the weather was not very promising today, it did not stop us from taking part in all the interesting activities. In the morning, I took a ferry to the southeast for a visit to  Cooks Beach and Shakespeare Cliff. I was told an attractive history of the area. About three hundred years ago, a master seaman and astronomer Captain Cook sailed into the beach near Whitianga. That was why the beach is named “Cook’s”. And when Captain Cook saw the cliff near the beach, he thought it looked like the face of Shakespeare. Therefore he named it “Shakespeare”.  We could still find the maps drew by Captain Cook on the monuments.

After lunch, I followed a group of students to the High Zone Adventure. There were ten exciting activities up 15 meter poles. Students got a thrill walking on a log which was up in the air. While some of them were abseiling from the 150 meter Flying Fox. What was more, some courageous ones also tried a panic-inducing freefall from the exhilarating Giant Swing. I sawstudents overcame their fear and gave it a try.

Nicolas was one of the brave ones. He admitted he was nervous when climbing up to the poles. But once he jumped, he felt the most overwhelming moment of the trip. It also pleased me that students were cheering each other and giving supportive message during the activities.

In the evening Paul and Johanna took me to a local Indian Restaurant for dinner. After so many days of burgers and chips, it is definitely delightful to have some Asian dishes. We talked a lot during the meal. Paul and Johanna used be teachers in New Zealand, so we discuss education a lot. I was glad to listen to opinion from experienced people. We shared a really joyful time together.

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

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