Sunny skies, freezing water at Polar Plunge

Te Anau local George Batchelor dressed up as Lord of the Rings character Gandalf for this year's Polar Plunge.

Organisers and participants at this year's Polar Plunge in Te Anau got lucky with beautiful wintertime conditions.

It was nothing but sun and open skies on Sunday (July 29) on the shores of Lake Te Anau, where some 80 brave participants jumped into the waters for Te Anau School's annual fundraiser.

Principal Grant Excell said it was great timing for the event. Initially it was scheduled to take place during the shortest day of the year, but the weather that day was terrible. 

For the cost of $5, plungers took a brief dip in the lake before being rewarded with a hot chocolate and sausage. Some plungers, especially the Year 6 kids, dressed up in costumes. 

The funds raised will go towards the school's Year 6 students' annual week-long camp to Dunedin at the end of the year. Funds were still being tallied at the time of the event, but the hope was to raise around $9000 for the more than 30 students attending the camp.


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