WHANGAPARĀOA COLLEGE New Zealand

Year 13 Camp 2022

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Year 13 camp was a blast! Early Tuesday morning 100 Year 13 learners bundled into vans and set off down South towards Lake Taupō. It took us about 4 hours to reach our accommodation. Pipers Lodge was a cosy, welcoming place with gorgeous views of Mt Ngauruhoe and a pingpong table—where many learners were humbled by the great Mr Moss. The first evening we settled into our rooms and played some evening games orchestrated by Mr Dempsey and Hannah (from CYC). One of the games included making banana mascots! There were three main activities that different groups partook in over the days. Firstly walking the 19.4 km of Tongariro crossing, up the devil's staircase through the saddle, then a clumsy descent down scree (surfing on stones) to the crystal blue lakes. It was quite hilarious for us fit youngsters watching the “more experienced” teachers. There was nothing funnier than watching Mr Moran sliding down the steep slope like it was a slide. Secondly, caving through underground tunnels with wetas and tight spaces. Lastly, a beautiful walk to the Hapuawhenua viaduct in Tongariro National Park. By the end, everyone was exhausted and the drive back was definitely more relaxed. Overall it was an absolutely amazing experience, and on behalf of the Year 13’s, we would like to thank everyone who made this adventure possible!
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