Two young Southlanders arrived back on the mainland yesterday after a 12-day expedition to the Kermadec Islands.
The islands are about 1000 kilometres northeast of New Zealand, and are part of the world's longest chain of undersea volcanoes.
Sophie Smith, of Southland Girls' High School, and Nicholas Humphries, of Fiordland College, were part of a group of 30 students chosen for the first Young Blake Expedition.
Travelling on the navy ship Canterbury, the students contributed to New Zealand's knowledge by helping scientists with shark tagging, dolphin DNA sampling and foliage collection.
Miss Smith said words could not describe how amazing the experience was. Mr Humphries said every aspect of the trip "made it" but it was not too full-on.
The Southland Times