Beginning on Saturday 3 March, the group left first for Tutukaka, where they had the opportunity to go out fishing for the afternoon in the scenic north-western bay.
The next day the students departed for Paihia to learn about the Treaty of Waitangi. Gaining exposure to New Zealand culture, the students were welcomed onto a Marae and taught how to do a Māori haka.
They were then whisked off on an overnight cruise involving snorkeling, kayaking, swimming and hiking.
“They really enjoyed doing things they wouldn’t normally do,” says International Student Liaison Libby Calder. “Kayaking and fishing were the top favorites.”
This trip is the first of two annual trips that are organised by Head of Learning support, David Ward. The next trip will take place in Term 3.
“It was an amazing time for the students and we had a great group this year. With all the fishing and water sports, they all left both happy and saturated,” says David.