Seven days of engaging, fun-filled learning experiences in New Zealand 

New Zealand’s North Island provides a host of examples of science, geography & international business - all on a compact travel route. Over seven days, students will be lead on a study tour giving them a world of practical examples. They experience hands on science & geography & how they can apply classroom knowledge to real world scenarios. Then we relate this learning to international contexts of business & cultures. Hobbiton Movie Set tour is a perfect example & is included on this program.

We designed this tour to begin with the cultures of New Zealand & our position on the earth. We move on to studying the unique  physical environment & ecological processes. Then to human interactions of a culture on land use, settlement, business & recreation, leading into tourism & the students own actual New Zealand experience. Finally we take time in reflection sessions to transfer their New Zealand experience into case studies applicable to South East Asia & other parts of the world.

This interdisciplinary study tour is perfect for students in their middle high school years where they can see the real world applications of their knowledge. The mix of science, geography & applications to the business of food production & tourism - all hands on & experiential - forms the base of the learning. Students also gain much through exposure to our cultures & to the human features of this country - how we look after our environment, how we engage communities in environmental & social projects, how our small businesses behave like responsible citizens.

Objectives:

this fun & personal challenge improves knowledge retention & group dynamics

  1. To understand the theory & applications of geography by observing, studying & completing hands-on field work in the diverse physical environments of New Zealand
  2. To understand biology & chemistry by observing, studying & completing hands-on field work on the ecological relationships of plants & animals in the delicate environments that exist in the diverse habitats & ecosystems of New Zealand
  3. To understand another culture & learn about others; how they live, how they do business, how they value the world around them. This is done through engagement with New Zealand locals, immersion with Maori people, through field studies & through lifestyle experiences.

The study tour is interspersed with a number of exciting adventure experiences for students. This fun & personal challenge assists with the retention of knowledge & improving the group dynamics as we go. On our programmes students develop confidence to speak up in group situations & make friends.

  • Experiencing the Waitomo Glow Worm Cave by boat in the dark
  • Experiencing fun in the snowfields of Mount Ruapehu
  • Taking an exciting luge ride down the Skyline Skyrides slopes
  • Take the world famous Hobbiton Movie Set tour to experience the scenes from the Lord of the Rings & the Hobbit movies
  • Experiencing the innovation & excitement of the Driftkart Electric excitement machine they race around a track
  • Taking a scenic adventure ride in a helicopter over the Kiwifruit orchards & Pacific coastline. (optional)
 
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