New Zealand

posted 2 Apr 2013, 19:18 by Heather Wyatt   [ updated 2 Apr 2013, 19:18 by ]
Hello everybody,
How go your holidays? I hope the weather has changed for you, I bet you can't wait to see some sunshine. I can't believe how much snow you guys have had while I've been away!
We have been in New Zealand for 2 weeks now. We hired a car and have traveled around the North Island, and now have arrived in the South Island to visit some friends.
New Zealand is lovely! It's very much like the UK in a lot of ways, but very different in others. New Zealand sits on a huge fault line, so they see a lot of tectonic activity (lots of earthquakes and volcanoes). There are a lot less people living here than in the UK, and the pace of life is much more relaxed! There's lots of open space and countryside to explore. 
For all of you Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans - we visited Hobbiton on our way through the North Island - got to see all 45 hobbit holes. And then we did an 8 hour trek through the mountains - passing all of the way around 'Mount Doom'. It was quite spectacular! 
Today I visited a primary school in a little village called Wakefield. It was wonderful, because I had some letters from Mrs. Drazek's class to give them, telling them all about Dore and Sheffield. Their school was quite different from ours - they have a huge swimming pool for a start. Every class in the whole school swims at least 3 times a week. Their classrooms are very similar to our own, and the children and teachers were all very welcoming to me. I have some photos that I hope to put up soon to show you what it was like there. 
Anyway, we are hoping to keep in touch with them, and I'm hoping that the children will write some replies to your letters. It was great to be back in school, it made me miss Dore very much. I can't put photos up this time, but I'll try to do it soon!