Rachel Goh - “When I decided to be semi-adventurous, part 2”

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Rachel Goh

Rachel has travelled from Singapore to study Psychology at the University of Otago. She is often seen running around campus juggling various commitments. 

Rachel continues to share her adventurous stories from 2016/17.
(On the off chance that you've missed the first part of her story, click here to be amazed)

3. Nelson/Abel Tasman

This trip was probably the most random thing I have ever done. I honestly didn’t know if I was up for kayaking a whole day and travelling with someone I was not that close to. However, sometimes you end up having the most fun when you least expect it. And this trip was super fun.

I never realised how much I loved kayaking until this trip. It was battling the waves in the open sea, hopping from one island to the other, exploring what different islands had to offer, eating lunch on a white pristine beach, trying to take a perfect shot of a seal sunbathing on a rock and kayaking in the opposite direction when said seal suddenly jumped into the water (author’s note: please do not ever try this), and being so utterly exhausted but loving it. I would do this all over again.

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While I did not have time to hike around Abel Tasman (next on my to-do list for sure), my friend and I managed to walk up to the Centre of New Zealand in Nelson and see the beautiful sights. The weather was also perfect for walks along the beach – we even found a café that my parents brought me to years ago and guess what? Food is still great at The Boat Shed Café.

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4. Tongariro

I went to Tongariro twice – once in 2016 with the Victoria University Singapore Students Association, and the other in March 2017 with my dad and family friends – and unfortunately, the weather was horrible both times. We actually had to turn back in 2016 because the weather was ghastly, but I am very proud to say that I made it to the end in 2017.

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I was kind of bummed that it was too foggy to see anything, but I hear the sights at Tongariro are stunning (think Emerald Lake, the Red Crater etc.). The skies did clear up towards the end though, and I got quite a number of good photos in. It was still an amazing bonding experience with my dad and friends nonetheless. I am also glad that my training paid off when faced with steep hills and a little bit of rope climbing.

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Some advice before you attempt Tongariro: It is vital to have a good waterproof windbreaker and a number of warm layers on, because you never know when the weather might turn. In no certain terms should you forget a huge water bottle, some hand sanitiser, food (e.g. energy bars, bananas, sandwiches), and definitely invest in a solid pair of hiking boots.

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