What an amazing Rotorua and Taupo camp He Puna Hangahanga had last week. Non stop fun and exploring two great towns. We learnt that Rotorua is a volcano! That freaked some of us out until we were told it last blew thousands of years ago. Exploring all the different hot pool and gysters was fascinating and we even got to be scientists! On a beautiful morning the views from the gondola were amazing. We loved racing down the hill on the luge, whizzing past all the adults. We learnt about different birds, fish and other animals at Rainbow Springs and had a great trip on the boat to see the rest of the area with a big splash at the end. Sleeping in a cabin with our classmates was noisey and often smelly at times! Sitting around the table at meals times we talked about our day and what was ahead for us next. Roaaaaar! The lions were so loud. They loved eating their feed of meat. Lots of us had never been so close to a lion before. Rotorua Redwood forest walk was amazing especially at night with the beautiful lanterns (made by local artists) that lit up the wooden bridge walk. We couldn’t believe how high we were in the Redwood forest. One of our favourite adventures was on the duck tour on a WW11 landing craft for an amphibious sightseeing around Rotorua and their lakes. Singing, laughing and blowing our duck whistles louding going as fast as the vehicle could take us. In Taupo we could not believe the rush of water as we looked at the Huka falls. What a great sight. At the prawn farm we had a tour and walked around the farm trying lots of different activities. Lots of us went fishing for prawns but only a few of us were successful and caught one.
We would love to thank the parents that helped us over our time at camp. It would not have been possible without you. Not to mention all the other parents and families that supported us with fundraising to get us there.
For some of us, this was our last camp at Carlton and we will take away lots of great memories. For the rest of us we can’t wait for next years camp! I wonder where we will be exploring?