New Zealand 26 March: Wanaka - Queenstown

Another rainy day and one more Peace Blossom

Our first visit today is at Holy Family School in Wanaka.

We love their fruit tree with all its wonderful qualities - similar to the Peace Tree that we have been carrying along the route of the Peace Run.

These boys lead us to the assembly hall and introduce the team to everyone. Thank you!

We only have the girls' team for this school presentation as the mens' team have to go to another appointment.

A little prayer for peace inside our hearts.

The students have a very good idea about what peace means and give us some really good words like love, faith, honesty.

...and participate in our song very enthusiastically.

These two girls accept our Certificate of Appreciation for participating in the Peace Run.

A painting for World Harmony by Sri Chinmoy, the founder of the Peace Run, is also presented to the school.

One more leaf for our world family tree.

Faith Family Future

Making a wish for peace that we can carry with us as we continue on our journey.

Each of the meetings encourage us to go on. Thank you Holy Family School for your inspiration.

It is another rainy day - we are soaked as soon as we start running.

We gets lots of encouragement from drivers when they see us running.

The hills are misty but the scenery is beautiful.

In the meantime the mens' team visit Dart River Adventures in Glenorchy and designate it as a Sri Chinmoy Peace Blossom.

Dart River Adventures is a part of Ngai Tahu Tourism, and as such has a close relationship with the environment.

They accept a plaque which describes the significance of the Mt Aspiring/Tititea area and the importance of Dart River Adventures in introducing visitors to it.

The plaque will be placed in a prominent position in the Visitors Centre.

The Peace Runners accepting a hongi as a sign of oneness, friendship and respect.

There is a magnificent piece of pounamu on display in the centre, which visitors are encouraged to touch.

Deciding on the position of the Peace Blossom plaque.

Then we have some running to do.

Over the magnificent Crown Range

...it is rather hilly

...but the beauty of the nature helps us.

...and finally a downhill.

A big thankyou to Mahesh from Bombay Palace restaurant in Wanaka for providing today's dinner for the team. It is delicious and we are very grateful!

For 2 nights we are hosted by our friend Tim Townsend and his family. They are so very kind to let us stay in their house in Wanaka. We feel totally at home there. Thank you so much for your kindness!!