Dis­cover the won­ders of New Zealand

MY NEW AD­VEN­TURE STARTED AF­TER HOP­PING OFF THE PLANE IN CHRISTCHURCH

Style Magazine - - Contents - BY SA­MUEL OS­BORNE

Wak­ing up early has never been my strong suit. Get­ting out of bed at 4 o’clock in the morn­ing is usu­ally a strug­gle of mine. How­ever, this time was dif­fer­ent. This time I was leav­ing my nor­mal ev­ery­day life and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a new one in New Zealand.

We trav­elled three hours to the quite lit­tle of Lake Tekapo.

The en­tire town faced the re­mark­able turquoise-coloured lake, with ser­rated moun­tains loom­ing in the dis­tance with sifted snow on top.

Wak­ing up this time was a breeze. We rushed out­side and stood in awe as snowflakes fell on our faces.

At Queen­stown, the views were breath­tak­ing, so much so that we got sore necks from con­stantly star­ing up at the moun­tains.

Snow cov­ered the streets as far as the eye could see.

The crowd of peo­ple push­ing and shov­ing was over­whelm­ing.

Each cof­fee shop we vis­ited had rugged-up vis­i­tors and lo­cals next to an open fire, and we joined in.

We heard that the sur­round­ing moun­tains had the per­fect amount of snow to snow­board.

I had never snow­boarded in my life, but my friend in­sisted I try.

We trav­elled by car up the steep moun­tain. My heart was rac­ing. The ground be­gan to shrink as the strong wind whis­tled around us, shak­ing the ski lift back and forth.

My friend gave me a quick run-down on snow­board­ing, then we were taken to the high­est peak of the moun­tain.

My friend warned me, “make sure that you lean for­ward!”

Those felt like the last words I would ever hear.

Stand­ing up was the hard­est part, but af­ter my feet were buck­led in, there was no turn­ing back.

I re­mem­ber star­ing down the moun­tain, watch­ing all the pro­fes­sional snow­board­ers per­form flips and tricks.

Be­fore I knew it, I was plum­met­ing down the moun­tain at tremen­dous speed.

Board­ing off the ski jumps were un­doubt­edly the scari­est par.

Soar­ing through the air, how­ever, was the best feel­ing in the world.

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