Outdoor Education students explore Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands

Posted on October 16, 2020

Recently the Year 13 Macleans College Outdoor Education class experienced an overnight camp to Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands accompanied by Mrs Kingsley and Mr Cole where they put their camping and tramping skills to the test.

On arrival at Rangitoto Island the class began their 11.5km walk with full packs, food, tents and cooking equipment. They travelled along the Coastal Track encountering several broken lava fields to Islington Bay Wharf before crossing farmland to reach Home Bay on Motutapu Island to set up camp for the night.

With the campsite set up the class took the time to venture up to the many World War Two military sites located on Motutapu Island. A great historical lesson was had here, exploring and learning along the way.

In the morning following a good night’s sleep in the tents, breakfast meals were served and the campsite completely cleaned and packed up. The class then made the journey back the Rangitoto Wharf with the intention of going up the Rangitoto Summit. However, the summit proved too much for most and only four students continued up Rangitoto.

After boarding the ferry home the students had walked over 25km in two days.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for the students to be out in the elements, exploring the native marvels that are so close to us.