Rotorua Duck Tours

Looking for a unique and fun class experience, one that will educate and entertain?

With Rotorua Duck Tours, students can now experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of a ride in a fully-restored World War II amphibious vehicle. Affectionately known as the ‘duck’, this vehicle is able to drive from land straight into the water and out again!

Rotorua Duck Tours is a great introduction to Rotorua with its history on people and the magnificent Rotorua Lakes region. A specific talk and student worksheet on AS 91007 is offered for students taking the Tarawera Lakes Tour. A Level 2 assessment task has been written specifically for Duck Tours on the contemporary issue of “Saving the Rotorua Lakes” which requires students to explain different view points on how to solve the water quality issues of the Rotorua Lakes. This individual assessment activity requires a tour of the affected lakes (Lakes Tour). Curriculum based student talks and worksheets available on request.

Tour One – Rotorua City and Lakes Tour
Departs: Rotorua Information Centre and I-site
Winter: 11.00am and 2.15pm
Summer: 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm (October – April)

Tour Two – Tarawera and Lakes Tour
Departs: Rotorua Information Centre and I-site
Winter: 2.15pm
Summer: 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.30pm (October – April)

NCEA Levels

Students will be able to complete the assessment task on the sustainable use of the Rotorua environment by tourism.

A worksheet which allows the student to collect information and then complete the assessment task to gain four credits during the visit.

A detailed assessment schedule is also provided for teachers.

A worksheet designed for completion by students on a visit to Rotorua:
• Skyline transports students to Mt Ngongotaha to cover field sketching,
• Rotorua Museum gives students geographic understanding of environments that have been changed by extreme natural events by focusing on the Mt Tarawera 1886 eruption.
• Te Wairoa, the Buried Village covers why the area was vulnerable to volcanic eruptions, the natural processes which caused the Tarawera eruption, effects of the eruption and how the people responded to the volcanic eruption,
• At Wai-o-Tapu thermal wonderland students make field notes on the effects of the volcanic eruptions on the natural environment.

Investigate what are the most important attractions and activities for tourists in Rotorua.

This assessment task allows students to collect information on the urban pattern of Tourism during a visit to tourist attractions and activities in Rotorua.

Students will be able to collect information on how the cultural process of tourism development has shaped the Rotorua environment while on a visit to Rotorua. Teachers need to provide their own worksheets and activities for some providers. We supply you with a satellite image of the Rotorua Central Business District, a map of the Rotorua urban are to show tourist attractions & a map of the Rotorua CBD
REN Members who can provide talks to students on request are:
Rotorua Museum, Skyline Skyrides Rotorua, Kaitiaki Adventures, Te Puia, Agrodome, ZORB, Wai-O-Tapu & Katoa Lake Rotorua.

Demonstrate knowledge of work roles in Tourism. Talk and worksheet supplied by providers on request.

Demonstrate knowledge of the business of tourism. Talk and worksheet supplied by providers on request.

This assessment called “Saving the Rotorua Lakes” is based on the Rotorua Duck Tours commentary during the visit to the various Rotorua lakes.

An Information Sheet on the viewpoints of people over time as to the causes and possible solutions is provided for students while a simple questionnaire allows students to find out contemporary viewpoints on the issue during their visit to Rotorua.

The task can be completed in parts during the visit to Rotorua or as a whole on their return to school. For teachers a list of internet sites, a guide to the assessment conditions and a detailed marking schedule is provided.