Our senior class at Waima School were fortunate enough to have a wonderful experience on a round trip designed to give them experiences they may otherwise not have had the opportunity to have.
5am was the meeting time at Waima School where students, staff, and parents were greeting by a cheery Don Edmonds who was our driver for the week. Day one saw us head south to Rotorua where we went to our first stop Skyline. After a ride up the top on the gondolas the students and adults took the fast option down via the world famous ‘Luge’. While others watched the sky swing, some shopped at the Jelly Bean concept store and took selfies in front of the jelly bean works of art.
Day two say us head to Whakarewarewa Living Village where we were treated to historical talks, a supervised tour of the village and a cultural performance that demonstrated Te Arawas prowess at Kapahaka.
From there the bus departed for Huka Falls & the AC Baths in Taupo. Here many of our students were challenged physically and mentally on the intimidating rock wall. Parents were put in a position that required our students to trust them as they trained to become the safety anchors while they climbed to the top of the wall. After all the hype the senior class relaxed in the AC Baths and enjoyed the hydro-slide as an end to a long but eventful day.
Finally we were on our way to Mt Ruapehu. We arrived late that night at our accomodation providers ‘The Crossing Backpackers’. Tamariki bunked down that night eager to try their hand at skiing the next day.
Two full days of skiing made for an awesome finish to a long but incredible week. Many seeing snow for the first time in their lives.
The families at Waima School thank sponsors/funders Oxford Sports Trust & Quintech Ltd and parents for their contributions which made this trip possible.