Here are some examples: Please see Programme Support also for many ideas.
The Living World: Study cave creatures like glowworms, cave weta and bats, view moa skeletons and rare fossils at the Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre. See rare and endangered kiwi, tuatara, falcon and other native fauna at the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.
How about a trip to the Mahoenui Giant Weta Scientific Reserve.
Senior Geography/Earth Science: Take a guided tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Aranui Cave or the beautiful Ruakuri Cave for an in-depth look at the world below us, or take a bushwalk over the Waipa Fault. Then visit the Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre to learn more about caves, limestone, speleothems and the interaction between plate tectonics, water, CO2 and limestone in this environment.
Demonstrate understanding: The formation of surface features in NZ.
Through experience students will see and understand how those features are forming.
Key words Level 1 NCEA Science general Systems and cycles AS90952 Internal Limestone. Sinkholes(Doline) & Tomo. Caves. Crystal Formations
Investigate geological processes in a NZ Locality
Key Words ESS Level 2 SCIENCE AS91189 2.3 Internal Waitomo limestone. Uplift. Faulting. Dissolving action. Sinkholes (Doline), and Tomo creation, Cave passage forming. Cave calcite crystal forming. Breakdown.
Social Sciences: Study the effects of tourism at Waitomo, visit primary and secondary attractions and investigate current trends. This region once played a pivotal role in New Zealand’s history. Stay at one of our many marae as your base to visit historic sites, explore the Rohe Potae, Opapaka Pa or view taonga at the Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre, and never forget that Otorohanga is New Zealand’s Kiwiana Capital.
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Level 1. Sustainable use of Waitomo Caves
Key words: AS 91009 Geography Level 1 Internal Use of and Impacts. Sustainable management of Waitomo caves.
Key words: Geography 91240 External
Key Words: Geography level 3AS91426 External Interacting. Compare. Early Fluvial processes. Mudstone channelling. Ignimbrite capping. Complete Karst exposure. Interacting Carbonic Acid accumulation in Soils.
Level 3. Waitomo Tourism. A cultural process
Key words: AS91427 Level 3 Geography. Internal Case studies of cultural influences on development. Waitomo Glowworm Cave Wai 51. (125 years of Guiding/Tourism). Ruakuri Cave, Cave Adventure Tourism.
Health and Physical Education: Go adventure caving with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company or try abseiling, team building exercises, and caving on Stubbs Farm. Try bushwalking through the karst landscape of an old cave system at Ruakuri Reserve. Or for something more leisurely, try the new Otorohanga Leisure Park activities.
Personal health and physical development. Healthy communities and environments
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Cost to schools: $3 Students $3.00 each adult. Teachers free.
Call (07) 878 7642 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking with the Waitomo Education Centre.