Day #2: New Zealand by Land and Sea
After a short ride through Auckland it is time to start exploring the rest of the country. Today you are going to venture around the north island of New Zealand to look at active volcanoes, gorgeous beaches, windswept coastline and lush, green bush. As a group, you will start at Rangitoto, the largest volcano in New Zealand before driving west to Karekare, a stunning beach on the outskirts of Auckland. You will finish the day by driving north to visit Tane Mahuta, the oldest living kauri tree in New Zealand.
After a very busy day of sightseeing, you and your group drive from Tane Mahuta to your hotel in Dargaville. When you arrive you decide to sit down and record your thoughts in your travel diary.
Before you start writing, take a minute to read more about Rangitoto Island, Karekare beach and Tane Mahuta.
On your blog, tell us which of the three places you most enjoyed visiting and why.
The Place that I enjoyed visiting:
The place that I mostly enjoyed visiting was Tane Mahuta.
I enjoyed visiting Tane Mahuta because this Kauri tree is the largest known Kauri tree in New Zealand.
I also enjoyed it because this Tane Mahuta walk is a very short walk (5-minute walk) that children can experience as well as people with small buggies or vehicles.
As an island nation, New Zealand is completely surrounded by water. It is the perfect place for people who like to swim or to sail! While in Dargaville, recovering from your busy day of sightseeing, you notice a number sailboats going by. One of the boats is manned by a young German girl named Laura Dekker. At the age of fourteen she sailed around the world the entire world by herself. You can watch a short video clip about her adventures here: Laura Dekker sailing trip.
Let’s imagine that you had the chance to interview Laura while in Dargaville. On your blog post, five questions that you would ask her.
My Five Questions I would ask Laura:
> Would you sail around the world again?
> Are you proud of yourself for sailing around the world?
> Which country would you sail to and why?
> Would you label yourself as an adventurous person?
> Do you think you could be an inspiration to others?
When you finish your interview with Laura, you decide to keep on interviewing people. For this activity, your task is to conduct a real interview with an actual member of your family. Please ask them to think about their five (5) favorite things to do in the out-of-doors. They can be things that they enjoy doing on land or in the water. Post the list of outdoor activities on your blog.