Even with the rain, it was like floating in the sky, flying through the air with nothing to stop you. You flew in the sky with no worries, no fears, just pure joy and adrenaline. It was the perfect moment, and it was the moment that crowned off the best trip of my life. I had already experienced the trip of a lifetime in New Zealand, and I knew this was it. I had seen the most beautiful mountain range and lakes in Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park, I had walked through forest at dark night-time in the search for that elusive kiwi we were all hoping to see. I had experienced New Zealand culture and seen Māori culture first-hand.
I had done and seen all these amazing things, but the unique thing about the New Zealand trip was that the smallest of things were some of the best. When I was swimming in the freezing-cold water by the Bathing Beach on the little island of Stewart Island, despite being iced to the core, I knew that was where I wanted to be. The simplicity of where I was, what I was doing and just how insignificant it was compared to the other things we did during the trip somehow made this feel more like life.
Another example of this was our silent moment on the Fiordland Navigator in Doubtful Sound. It’s not a moment of adrenaline, excitement, action or even just pure relaxation, rather it was one to realise where one is and how lucky one is to be there. Listening to, and being immersed in, the sounds of the lake, the nature and wildlife of the mountains around you.
The trip also allowed me to experience new culture and to get to know people that you might not really know from before. This was my first visit to New Zealand and I hope it won’t be the last. I saw a cool mix of culture between the Māori people, European people, and other Asian and European cultures, which l got to know more during the trip. It was also the first time I went on a trip where making new friends was one of the most important aspects- friends make this trip as amazing as it is, and the time spent with them is absolutely awesome.