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Geography Trip (2013)

posted 30 Jul 2014, 21:25 by OC Web   [ updated 30 Jul 2014, 21:26 ]
Geography field trips don’t come better than this! A trip to Aoraki-Mount Cook and Queenstown to look at the features of glaciation and the South Island High Country, the impact made by various human settlers over time and the use of the area today.

The helicopter trip was just amazing landing on the soft powdery snow of the Zodiac Glacier neve, surrounded by cirques, arêtes, horns and u-shaped valleys. The learning of the classroom took on new meaning. The walk to the Hooker Glacier terminal lake reinforced the concept of taonga and the need for kaitiakitanga – this is the next generation’s heritage!

In Queenstown we studied the development of tourism and the impacts of that on the town. Obviously to understand tourism, you have to engage in the activity and great fun was had on the luge and for five brave students the ultimate – the Kawarau Bridge Bungee.

A great bunch of kids and excellent adult helpers made this a very memorable experience.