After a grand finish to our matches on tour, we slept well knowing we were soon to travel to Queenstown for the adrenaline charged leg of the tour. The boys made the most outstanding effort to leave their rooms in the state expected of them on tour, meaning we made a hasty get away. Word had spread about our sporting exploits and we were honored with a mention in the Southland Times newspaper, which was kindly left at our doors (photo attached)
This leg of our travel is definitely the most picturesque, with NZ’s famously beautiful scenery at its best. This was the final day of an enforced 2 day device amnesty which enabled the boys to appreciate their surrounds without staring at a screen. Throughout this amnesty, staff noted just how the boys behaviour had positively changed. More meaningful conversations, observations, reading, card games, social interactions and concentration had also changed for the better.
The first stop along the way was at the small town of Lumsden, where boys snacked then played at a park. 2 years ago, at this very park, we saw an epic battle for the ages, that we have now made a tradition on the tour. Staff members initiated a 20th century free play game that required a small target to be knocked off a pole with a tiny stone. Without much prompting we begin our game and watch the boys flock to see what it taking place and ask to join the old fashioned fun. After hundreds and thousands of stones are lobbed, persistence finally pays off for the champion of the day who holds the trophy aloft, celebrating with fellow competitors. The 2015 champion was the very accurate Ethan Strawbridge.
Lake Wakatipu is a glorious lake around 30 minutes from Queenstown. This was the next intermission for the boys en route. With ridiculously beautiful landscape to admire and more rocks to skim over the water, this was the perfect spot for a break. Once refreshed, it was on to Queenstown, excitement levels rising as we approached! What a way to finish our tour!