1.TRAVEL OVER THE LAKE
After arriving in Manapouri
we headed to Pearl Harbour
to load the Real Journeys
boat to travel across Lake
Manapouri. We headed for
the one and only Power Station. The views from the boat
AFTER GETTING ALL OF THE
GEAR OFF THE BOAT AND
ONTO THE BUS WE STARTED
THE TOUR OF THE POWER
STATION. ON THE BOAT WE
SAW THE INTAKE GATES
ABOVE: THE WATER INTAKE
GATES TO THE POWER
AT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE WE UNLOADED THE BOAT ONTO THE
BUS AND WALKED INSIDE THE VISITORS CENTRE.IN SIDE THE VISITORS
CENTRE WE HAD A QUESTION AND TALK TIME WITH OUR GUIDE KATHY.
IN THE VISTORS CENTRE THERE WAS A MINI DIAGRAM OF THE POWER
STATION.AFTER GETTING ON THE BUS AND TRAVAILING TWO
KILOMETERS DOWN A WIDE TUNNEL (THAT DID A 360 DEGREE LOOP) WE
WENT TO SEE THE TURBINES.THE TURBINES ARE GREAT, BIG, BLUE
MACHINES THAT TRANSFER THE WATER INTO HYDRO POWER. THE
TUNNEL WAS BUILT A LONG TIME AGO, SO THEY HAD TO USE THE DRILL
AND BLAST METHOD TO CREATE THE
TUNNEL. THIS IS WHERE THEY BRING OUT
THE DYNAMITE. IN THE TUNNEL THERE WERE
WHITE CIRCLES WITH BLACK NUMBERS.THESE Who was our tour guide at the
Manapouri Power Station?
NUMBERS WERE PLACED EVERY 20 OR SO
METRES. THESE ARE THE NUMBERS THAT TELL
THE WORKERS HOW FAR INTO THE TUNNEL
THEY ARE. ABOUT EVERY COUPLE OF
HUNDRED METRES THERE WAS AN
EMERGENCY PHONE SO THAT IF THERE WAS
AN EMERGENCY, THE WORKERS COULD GET
HELP FASTER. AFTER FINISHING THE GUIDED
TOUR WE TRAVELLED OVER THE SNOWY
WILMOT PASS. HALF WAY UP WE STOPPED AT
THE PLATEAU TO LOOK DOWN AND
OUT INTO DEEP COVE. BEFORE WE LEFT,
OUT POPPED A DREAM. A KIA FLEW
PAST US. AFTER TRAVELING DOWN THE
REST OF THE PASS, TO OUR SURPRISE
THERE WAS A WEKA THERE TO MEET
US.AFTER GOING OVER THE RULES WE
HEADED INTO THE WILDERNESS OF
BRASSEL POINT. AT BRASSEL POINT
THERE WERE WEKA EVERYWHERE. AFTER
DOING A QUIZ WE CAME TOGETHER
TO HAVE A POTLUCK FEAST OF MAINLY
DOUBTFUL SOUND CRUISE
On the cruise we saw lots and lots of scenic views. From snowcapped mountains to
thundering waterfalls. Out the end of the sound there are there are two predator free islands. Predator free means that there are no pests such as possums, ferrets, hares,
stoats or rats. But there may be a chance of the odd deer to swim across. Kokako are
now successfully breeding on the islands.When we got back from the amazing doubtful
sound cruise, we headed inside the hostel to have a warm cup of milo. After that, we
were all pumped up and ready to attack the hanging valley.
The best part would probably be
trying to get up the slippery rock
and trying not to slip over on all
of the roots.The views on top
were amazing! We could see right
down into Doubtful and up all the
neighbouring ranges and gullies.
When we went ﬁshing some of us
set out on two dinghies while others were ﬁshing off the wharf or
were at the conﬁdence course.
TOP LEFT: BAILEY MCCALLUM
WITH A FISH HE CAUGHT.
TOP RIGHT:XAVIER EMNAS
WITH A FISH.
RIGHT: LACHLAN DUDIN
(ME) WITH A SPOTTY.
MISS DEEP COVE
AFTER DINNER, OUT CAME
CELLOTAPE AND NEWSPAPER
FOR THE ONE AND ONLY
‘MISS DEEP COVE’. FOR MISS
DEEP COVE, WE HAD TO DRESS
A MODEL TO REFLECT SOME
ASPECTS OF DOUBTFUL
SOUND AND DEEP COVE.
ABOVE ARE SOME OUTFITS.
Glow worms are easy to see in Deep Cove, because it is
so remote that there is no trafﬁc or things that can pollute
their habitat. Walking along the road and looking into the
bushes, staring back at us were lots of tiny glow worms.
They were sitting in the middle of the bushes and trees.
When we were about to head back to the hostel we lay
like starﬁsh on the road and stared at the stars and satellites. The satellites were ﬂying through the sky like shooting stars.
AFTER WE GOT BACK FROM
HELENA FALLS WE MADE OUR
LUNCH AND GOT PREPARED
FOR A FUN AFTERNOON FISHING
AND GAINING CONFIDENCE AT
THE CONFIDENCE COURSE.ON
THE BOAT WE CAUGHT
JOCK STEWARTS (A.K.A MAORI
FISH.)WHILE WE WERE FISHING
AND AT HELENA FALLS SOME
PEOPLE WON AN AUCTION TO
GO FISHING AND CHECK THE
CRAY POT. JACK.L AND JACK.K
SET OFF WHILE THE REST OF THE
GROUP WERE DOING THE
HANGING VALLEY. BY FLUKE,
CALEB PULLED UP TWO SHARKS IN
ONE GO. ONE IS SHOWN TO LEFT
THAT DAY THE TWO JACKS WENT
FISHING AND CAUGHT A COUPLE OF
BLUECOD TO HAVE WITH SCRUMPTIOUS
CRAYFISH - YUM!
After tea we had a quick supper then headed for bed after a
long day at the ofﬁce.
The photos in the background
reﬂect the long day we had.