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New Zealand Diary – Day 10

April 12, 2010

By Gloria Cheung

Finally, it came to the last day in New Zealand. In the morning, some part of the students went to the renowned Rainbow Spring, while I followed the remaining group to horse riding. I had never ridden on a horse before, I was a little bit scared at the beginning. What if the horse went out of control and I fell? Luckily, it turned out that Rocky, the horse I was riding, was very docile and friendly. He gently followed the leader horse and finished the whole track. Well, horse riding was definitely one of the most enjoyable parts of the trip. Riding on a horse was so different from riding a machine. Trust had to be build between the human beings and animal, and that was the interesting thing about it.


We took a two-hour drive to Auckland in the afternoon. The first thing we did in there was go to the top of Mount Eden. Standing on the highest natural point of the city, we overlooked the whole Auckland from the mountain top. Andrian, one of the CSS students, was captiavted by the breath-taking view of the city, he thought it was the best scenery of the whole trip. The mountain was formerly a volcanic cone so there was a majestic bowl-like crater. Some students even ran down to the 50-meters deep crater to see the traces of lava.

After dining in a Korean restaurant, we were settled in the YHA Hostel. Compared to the places we’ve stayed before, the YHA accommodation was a very different experience. When you were dinning in their extensive kitchen, you could also talk to travelers from different parts of the world. The book exchange corner also caught my eye. It was only a bookshelf, but it contained books brought by travelers all over the world. If you finished your book and were looking for a new one to read, you could drop yours there and take a new one from the shelf. I could see by the signatures on the books, some had already traveled half of the globe! I think the YHA was a good ending to the trip.

It is a shame that I have to leave New Zealand tomorrow. During these 10 days, I’ve seen the most beautiful things so far in my life, and I’ve gained a lot of good memories with the CSS students. I think this is absolutely a trip not to be forgotten in my life time.

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

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2010 3:24 pm

    To read Gloria’s article ‘A breath of fresh air’ on HK students visiting New Zealand, log on to and click here

  2. April 21, 2010 2:04 pm

    Ada Wong Tsz Sin, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

    In Hong Kong the place was too small for people. It is so crowded.
    On the other hand New Zealand has a lot more space for people. Their lifestyle is more difference from Hong Kong. The life of New Zealand is simple and relaxing. I would like to live in New Zealand if i could chose.

    In Hong Kong, people just know how to work and study, never think about to enjoy their
    life. I think Hong Kong people should be more relax.

    We should spend more time to have great fun with our family and friends.

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