Geography Field Trip September 2012
Year 11 students travelled to Rotorua for the Annual Geography field trip.
Teachers, Ms McMillan, Mr Humphries, assisted this year by Mr Van derZwann, took the overnight trip.
The group climbed Ruawahia, the second of three craters on Mt Tarawera, which towers 1111m above sea level. Mt Tarawera is the ancestral burial ground of the Te Arawa tribe and is maunga tapu (sacred mountain), so it was very special for the group to be allowed up the mountain with local iwi guides.
Following a 7am start and some breakfast, the group was collected from the mountain foothills and driven by four wheel drive vehicles to an altitude of just below 1000m. From there they walked to the summit. The group then descended down a scree slope and sat in the heart of the crater. They tramped back out of the crater to the awaiting four wheel drives and returned down the mountain where they had a special farewell from their guides.
For the NCEA external case study exam, the Geography class studies the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera. As part of their studies, they visit Te Wairoa village on Lake Tarawera, and walk through the Waimangu Valley by Lake Rotomahana.
Students attending the field trip appreciated Mr Humphries efforts to organise everything. He made sure the group was comfortable, safe, slept and ate well as well as made sure they had a good time. Their special thanks go to the Geography teachers and Mr Van derZwann.