summer was a scorcher that may have left some of us fleeing to some colder
weather. While most of us were cranking up the air conditioning or hose-filling
a kiddy pool, two University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point students spent those
days stranded in the wilderness of New Zealand for nine days due to a
Brown and Erica Klintworth traveled to New Zealand through the study abroad
program at UWSP, and once the end of the semester rolled around, the couple
made plans to leisurely backpack for four days through Arthur’s Pass, a
national park that includes the highest peak in the Southern Alps. There, the
two would relax and begin to prepare for their finals, which were just over a
an art major, chose to study abroad in New Zealand to enjoy the nature and
landscape of the country while backpacking and outdoor adventuring.
an aspiring land manager for recreation and education purposes, chose to study
abroad in New Zealand for the adventure. Turns out, they got exactly what they
had hoped for.
“I wanted to take one last trip to the mountains before I came back to America and it seemed like a great time to do so,” Klintworth said.
“When we got to the
road, we met up with the search and rescue team and were taken in for questioning
at the police station. We did not realize how much of a big deal everything was
until we talked to them at the road,” Klintworth said.
While the two admit to
wishing they were more prepared, Klintworth and Brown left New Zealand with
pride and confidence having survived the blizzard on their own.
it was an amazing experience to meet people with a different world view. It opened
my eyes to so much more than anyone who has been in Wisconsin or even America
their whole lives could understand,” Brown said.