Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland provides an outstanding opportunity for Geography students to experience a natural volcanic area which brings the classroom to life.

As well as being able to see at first hand some unique volcanic features, students studying the Tourism Unit will be able to better understand the dynamics of a leading attraction slightly removed from a major tourist centre.

At the request of the principle teacher, staff members are available to provide an overview of the geothermal features and the dynamics of the Tourism Industry. There will also be an opportunity for students to ask questions related to the subject matter

NCEA Levels

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.

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.

Investigate what are the most important attractions and activities for tourists 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 Rotorua, OGO Rotorua, Kaitiaki Adventures, Te Puia, Agrodome, ZORB, Wai-O-Tapu & Kawarau Jet.

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.

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