In the last week of first term and the first week of the holidays, 28 students, 4 staff and 6 parents traveled to New Zealand for an action packed, 12 day tour of the central North Island. The aims of the trip were to raise students’ cultural awareness, increase their independence, organizational and inter personal skills and provide opportunities for personal challenge.
Based in Rotorua on the edge of the beautiful Waiteti Stream, the group experienced a variety of cultural, adventure and educational activities. These included learning about the thermal and volcanic activity prevalent in the Rotorua area.
The students visited two Maori villages where they watched cultural performances and ate hangi cooked in steam pits. They also visited the Wai-o-tapu thermal park and swam in Kerosene Creek, a naturally occurring hot water stream.
Adventure activities were a highlight of the trip with many students challenging themselves to overcome their fear of heights to enjoy the Skyswing, Luge, Swoop, Zorb , Blob and Freefall. Canoeing and mountain bike riding provided added physical challenges.
Day trips to the east coast towns of Mount Maunganui and Tauranga gave the group an opportunity to witness the spectacular scenery of New Zealand. During these trips they climbed Mount Maunganui and walked down to Kaiate Falls.
A visit to Wingspan allowed some of the students to handle wild birds of prey.
Many thanks to the staff and parents who gave up their holiday time to accompany the camp and to the students for making the most of this great opportunity by having a go at every activity and representing Mortlake College so well in NZ. The group were praised for their good manners and input at every venue we visited.