L3 & IB2 Geography Field Trip
Over the past few days our Level 3 and IB2 Geographers headed down to Rotorua for two nights to investigate the impacts of Covid-19 on the tourism industry. While there, we experienced and supported the tourism industry with our participation in a whirlwind of activities and gathered some data about the impacts seen due to Covid.
On our arrival in Rotorua, students were able to relax and unwind after the bus drive in the Polynesian Pools on the banks of Lake Rotorua. Then in the evening, we went to check everyone's fear of heights as we walked along illuminated suspended bridges and platforms that were spread out around the 115 year old Redwood forest at Redwoods Treewalk.
Day 2 started off with some land use mapping of the central CBD to show the impacts of Covid before we travelled out to the Agrodome. Here, we were treated to a sheep show, feeding lambs, milking cows and a farm tour on the back of a tractor to get the essential souvenir of a llama selfie. In the afternoon, students raced down Mt Ngongotaha on the luges before experiencing some culture and a delicious hangi at Mitai Maori Village.
On our final day, Rotorua museum provided students with an educational lecture about the history of tourism in the region and we went on a walk around the new $40 million lakefront development before hopping on our bus back to Auckland. Overall, this experience provided students with great first hand information to complete their internal and helped them to better understand the nature of the tourism industry in Rotorua.
Our students were a credit to the school and a geo-tastic time was had by all on their final Geography trip at TGS!