Today, November 13, we woke early for breakfast and to get ready for the day. We met in the lobby at 9 to head over to the harbor for the ferry across to Matiu Island. After disembarking, we were taken into a room for a bio-contamination search – we searched our bags and hiking boots for anything that may be invasive such as seeds, trees, dirt, or animals… We were all clean and free from any Aussie contaminants. We then broke into 2 groups – mine began the day by volunteering clearing a path. We used gravels, shovels, and hos to widen the path on each side. We also used clippers and saws to trim the bushes. It wasn’t difficult and it felt good to get our hands dirty making a difference.
In the afternoon, we were free to walk around the island. We explored pretty much all there was to see. We hiked by the lighthouse, old gun bunkers, sheep pens, and animal quarantine station. The animal quarantine station was creepy – it was no longer in use and put on display. It had old photos, exhibits on tools and the original feel of the place in use.