Last week we went on our year 7&8 school camp to Rotorua.  It was a blast! The tamariki were amazing demonstrating aroha, kaha, manaakitanga, rangatiratanga, tumaia, tikanga and whakawhanaungatanga.  

A special thank you to the whanau and community of Tautoro school who helped make this trip such a success whether that be through fundraising, coming to whanau hui, sale of tickets, cooking of kai. Nga mihi nui ki a koutou.

We visited Tewhakarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiao - Whakarewarewa thermal village.We got first hand insight into how they live and use the natural resources.

 Then we visited the buried village of Te Wairoa - we took a walk through historical sites and learnt about the eruption of Mt.Tarawera, how the pink and white terraces came to be and how tangata whenua turned this natural wonder into a thriving tourist spot for European visitors.

The girls are standing at the site where the old hotel was that housed all the visitors.

We discovered how the blue and green lakes came to be. There is also a stunning track that will lead you to a waterfall.

We visited Waikete pools.  A hot thermal pool for relaxation.  Interestingly, it has a river that flows right alongside it.  It’s temperature is estimated to average between 100-120 degrees on the surface...it gets hotter the deeper it goes.

We visited Te Puia Geothermal and their stunning carving and weaving school.  I think this place inspired our tamariki the most.  We also got a close up look at the geysers of Pōhutu, Te Tohu & Kererū.

Every visitor who heads to Rotorua has to visit the gondolas and go on the luge rides.  We had a blast! Many of us conquered personal fears of heights as you had to take lifts back up the mountain.  The views up there are amazing. It adds a bit more excitement when you start to race and sometimes beat the students.

Redwoods Treewalk is such a beautiful and scenic place to visit.  Some clever fellow decided to plant hundreds of California Redwood’s.  We walked through the trees, no harnesses and I was absolutely petrified.  When you walked on the bridges between trees...they swayed and bounced all over the place.  The platforms got higher...there is a part where it turns into grated metal where you can see the ground.  Then we decided to walk the same scenic track that The Royals did on their visit to Rotorua.  It was a very peaceful and tranquil.

Finally the star of the show would have to be Motion Entertainment.  The children got to do ten pin bowling, lazer tag and go on the extreme air tramp park where they flipped and flopped - some bruises and sprains. They participated in the basketball slam challenge and played some dodgeball.