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Hidden lake

Queenstown

Otago

Bella, 13

"It's like you walk into a Peter Jackson movie" The water, clear, with the sun beaming on it. Everything in this place is perfect, trees surrounding the water, the waterfall, the mossy rope swing that hangs off the tree in the corner and the mysterious river that leads to nowhere. The area is silent, nothing to hear but the sound of the river brushing over the rocks. You can feel the water slowly leaking through your wetsuit trickling down your back. I look at the time, 3:45, I go down the river one last time feeling the slimy rocks sinking beneath my feet, sensing I was going to drown

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