Two events next month are aimed at encouraging Wakatipu
residents and visitors to experience their surroundings,
while raising money for the longest-running secondary school
camp in New Zealand.
The annual Queenstown Hill Challenge on November 9 will
comprise a ''cruisy'' 4km to 5km walk and a run through
Queenstown Hill Station to Lake Johnson, along with the more
challenging 14km climb to the Queenstown Hill summit and
Branches Charitable Trust trustee Robin Miller said the event
would go ahead rain or shine, giving people the opportunity
to see the basin from a different perspective, given the
Challenge route was not normally open to the public.
The event is raising money to allow Wakatipu High School year
10 pupils to take part in the 12-day Branches Station camp in
the Upper Shotover Valley, a rite of passage for pupils since
''It gives students the opportunity to live communally in an
isolated environment with few mod cons, to appreciate the
special place we live in and take part in a huge range of
activities from camp-based living and cooking on fires to
kayaking, rafting, rock-climbing, abseiling, a tramp to
Lochnagar, Polnoon Canyon walk and a search and rescue
exercise,'' Mr Miller said.
The trust raised funds to ensure the camp remained
affordable, allowing all pupils to take part.
''It is an incredibly special event in the school life of
every Wakatipu High School student,'' he said.
The trust was ''very grateful'' to the Middleton family for
hosting the races on their farm. However, due to the presence
of sheep and lambs, dogs would not be allowed on the
The events will begin at the Tucker Beach Reserve, where
food, drinks and toilets will be available, with spot prizes
and a draw for everyone who completed one of the courses -
and returned their race number - to win prizes from The
Frontrunner, Active QT and R&R Sport.
• Further information and entry forms are available at
www.branchescamp.co.nz and The
Frontrunner shop on Beach St. Entries will open on the day
from 8.30am at Tucker Beach Reserve, with entry fees ranging
from $10 to $25. The events begin at 10am on November 9.