Happy Holidays

The end of 2017 is not far away so we would like to wish you all the best for the holiday season. Enjoy spending time with your friends and family, and find some time to relax and read a good book. All Ara campuses (and this includes all libraries) will be closed on friday 22nd December at 1pm. We will reopen on monday January 8th at 8am.


Holiday adventures on Quail Island

Quail island

Looking for something interesting to do over the Christmas holiday break. Why not spend a fascinating day exploring Quail Island in Lyttelton Harbour.

The island is steeped in history. At various times used as a leper colony, quarantine station and working farm. Today the island is a nature reserve with extensive planting and a resident population of native bird species.

There is an excellent 2.5 hour circuit track around the island taking in many points of interest. There are a number of historic sites to visit as well as an informative heritage centre. Alternatively, take a picnic lunch and your swimming gear and spend a relaxing day at Swimmers Bay. Access to the island is via Black Cat cruises each morning and afternoon except Christmas day.

Additional information is located here:

DOC: http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/canterbury/places/otamahua-quail-island-recreation-reserve/

Christchurch NZ tourism i-site: http://www.christchurchnz.com/walk-canterbury/christchurch/coastal-and-waterway-walks/quail-island-walk/

New Zealand Geographic: https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/the-ghosts-of-quail-island/

Black Cat Cruises: https://www.blackcat.co.nz/quail-island-adventures#/products/c87a52c9-8e4b-488e-ade5-2f2d4264cb22



Give yourself a break

Congratulations on finishing your exams and getting to the end of your assignments, well done! If you are coming back to Ara next year make sure you find time to relax and wind down before your studies begin again. I encourage you to hit the beaches especially as right now the water is 6 degrees warmer. This phenomenon is due to a Le Nina weather pattern which you can read about here: https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/99501416/whats-behind-the-heatwave-record-sea-surface-temperatures-are-off-the-chart

It is difficult to find any shade at the beach so take care in the sun as you will burn fast in this weather. See this website for tips: https://www.sunsmart.org.nz/be-sunsmart