Tongariro Crossing

On Saturday 13 March the Rangitoto College Year 12 Geography cohort departed on their annual data collection field trip to the Tongariro Volcanic Centre in the National Park. Students spent three days and two nights observing and completing research on altitudinal zonation. Geography Extension student Tazanna Dell reflects on her experience below. 

"The Year 12 Geography trip was an experience I will always remember. On the first day, we did the Silica rapids trail on the Whakapapa side of the Tongariro Volcanic Centre. That was my kind of walk. It was relaxed, cool and it was beautiful. The next day, all 98 of us tackled the Tongariro Crossing, it was intense. The hike was quite strenuous until we got to the top. The view from the top was breathtaking. We made stops along the track to collect data and evidence for our upcoming internal. The walk back down the volcano was divine. The heat of the day had mostly passed and besides the crunching of boots, there was perfect calm. Finally finishing the hike there was a sense of success and accomplishment although everyone was completely exhausted. I think we all had a good sleep that night. The coach ride allowed us to see the rest of the Volcanic Centre, stops along the way included Ohakune, Rangipo, Waiouru and Tāupo. It was good to be back home, but I don't think I've seen the last of the Tongariro Volcanic Centre."