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Reporters | 2nd April 2020

Lockdown in the Land of the Long White Cloud


Rhea Cavers

AFTER a couple of months of travelling round the gorgeous north island of New Zealand, I came to stay with a family on a farm.
The farm is situated fairly far south on the north island near a town called Masterton.
I arrived at the end of February and planned to stay for a month or so here. Masterton is home of the ‘Golden Shears’ which is the world’s biggest sheep shearing competition. It took place from the 4th – 7th March, and has definitely been a highlight of my trip so far.
There is lots to be busy with here on the farm, it’s certainly a home from home. Plenty of sheep/cattle work, dogs, hens and two wonderful young kids to keep entertained.
After hearing the news that NZ was going into complete lockdown for at least 4 weeks, I decided the most sensible thing to do to was stay put. My days in isolation are spent doing the usual farm jobs, baking, collecting eggs, making play dough, reading books to the kids and even making forts out of the entire living room furniture! And I’m loving it.
I will be carrying on my travels down south when the coast is eventually clear. I’m very lucky to feel part of such a kind-hearted kiwi family and I’m so grateful for that. A lot of travellers from the UK have had to rush home at this uncertain time. I will always be thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to stay here and carry on my adventure.
I’m thinking of everyone back home in bonnie Langholm at this very surreal time.

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