The Otago students were bright eyed and rearing to go despite the early start on our way to Doubtful Sound. Rightfully so too, as soon as we got on the bus it was a beautiful view out both windows. When we arrived in Manapouri we had lunch in the sun while at the same time celebrating the birthday of one of our own. The cake had almost survived the journey. After lunch it was time to board the ferry that was to transport us across Lake Manapouri to the pass. We were already blown away by the stunning scenery and the complimentary tea and coffee wasn’t bad either. Once on the pass we stopped at the top for a group picture. It was stunning and great to have a picture with almost the entire group present! Awesome, now we were on the ship that was to be our home for the weekend and before we knew it we were out in the sounds and getting into kayaks to explore the edges of these towering cliffs. The brilliant weather made it a great experience hanging out on our own splashing around and even paddling under freezing waterfalls. After the paddle we had the opportunity to jump of a deck at the rear of the boat. Who knew we had so many potential Olympic divers in the group. The girls comprehensively outlasted the boys hanging out in the cold waters. After a warm shower it was up to the decks to enjoy the trip out to the coast. When we got there the Fur Seals were out in droves and put on a good show. It was however the bumpy ride into the coastal waves that proved the crowd favorite. After all the excitement of the waves we gently headed back into the sounds during sunset and we were luckily followed by a flock of albatross. After dark it was dinner time and what a feast. Is there anything better than all you can eat buffet at sea. Trying to save room for desert was almost impossible, but somehow we managed. Thankfully our bloated tummy’s worked to insulate us when we went up on deck to view the stars. When morning came it was another great day. We headed up Hall Arm, home to the tallest peaks and cliffs in Doubtful Sound. It was impressive to say the least, tranquil as well. By the time the ship had turned towards home we knew the end was near. Never mind, it had been a great experience. One I’m sure we’ll all remember for some time. Thanks for making it an amazing trip, you guys rock!