« Back to field trip chooser

Summary Page: Rangitoto - a treasure island in the Hauraki Gulf
Term 2 starting 9 May 2012.



Log In | Enrol

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about the Auckland volcanic field, and the youngest of Auckland's volcanoes - Rangitoto. You will become familiar with the history of Rangitoto and the special relationship that Māori have with the island. You will learn about interesting biodiversity on Rangitoto that has adapted to the harsh volcanic landscape. You will discover what it takes to turn an island into a wildlife sanctuary and the part you can play when visiting the island to help achieve this status and to keep it pristine. During the field trip you will walk to the summit of Rangitoto and look down into its crater. You will get up close to solid volcanic magma to find out about its fiery history and explore the island to understand the processes that formed Rangitoto's classic shield shape. You will feel its history inside historic baches and around gun emplacements and other World War II relics. You will see hybrid pōhutukawa trees crossed with rata growing in harsh stony lava fields forming the world's largest pōhutukawa forest. You will see (if you're lucky) saddleback (tieke) that were released in August 2011 now that there are no mammalian predators on the islands. This is a very special field trip to one of Auckland's major icons/to a real treasure in the Hauraki Gulf.

Where you will go

You will take a ferry from down-town Auckland. After searching your bags for rodent hitch hikers (remember these islands are pest free) you will land on Rangitoto Island, a very famous Auckland land-mark. For three days you will be an islander, based on the neighbouring Motatapu Island. Each day you will work with DoC rangers as you explore all parts of the island including a climb to the volcano summit.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Living World Levels 2-4, Nature of Science Levels 2-4, Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-4; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-5, Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 2-5, Continuity and Change Levels 2-5

  • Vision, Values, Key Competencies, Principles, Literacy and Numeracy

    By their nature, LEARNZ field trips integrate with the higher levels of the NZ Curriculum. Participation encourages development of the Key Competencies around Thinking, Using language, symbols and text, Managing self, Relating to others, and Participating and contributing. Teachers indicate this in testimonials. LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Literacy, with opportunities to develop skills in Listening, Reading and Viewing and in Speaking, Writing and Presenting. More about LEARNZ as a Reading Resource and student writing opportunities with LEARNZ. Select LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Numeracy, encouraging the development of skills in Number and Algebra, in Statistics and in Geometry and Measurement.

  • ESOL

    As well as providing visual and audio material and access to real experiences, LEARNZ links well to ESOL Principles, especially Principle 3 Maintain and make explicit the same learning outcomes for all the learners. How can I make the lesson comprehensible to all students? How can I plan the learning tasks so that all the students are actively involved? Do my students understand the learning outcomes? Principle 4 Begin with context embedded tasks which make the abstract concrete. How can I put these concepts into a concrete context?

  • What's in a Field Trip

    Every LEARNZ field trip has its own newly-built, self-contained web site ready for integration into your teaching and learning programme. Teacher Support has curriculum integration, resources, newsletters, support and evaluation. Prepare Students provides opportunities for student inquiry on two sets of image-rich background pages at reading levels 2 years apart, (students can click to have those pages read to them out loud), online interactive and other activities to check students' understanding, and a glossary. During the field trip there are live tweets on twitter, and daily additions such as a diary, video clips, profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, and ambassador (mascot) page updates. Live web conferences via Adobe Connect enable teachers to managed students putting prepared and spontaneous questions to experts (recorded for replay). After the field trip, teachers are encouraged to take further action with their class in the community or to go on a related field trip, or to invite a guest speaker, or to present what they have learned to a wider group. Teachers also fill in an online evaluation (more about reflective practice), the field trip prize winner is drawn, and the final newsletter is sent. Content remains online for continued use.

  • How teachers use LEARNZ

    View teacher comments in testimonials and in the LEARNZ Group on the VLN. There are two main ways teachers use a LEARNZ virtual field trip with their class. Firstly, a LEARNZ field trip is ideally an immersive, engaging, synchronous, online learning experience with real-time components and a myriad of opportunities for teachers and students. Secondly, and less ideal but still effective, a LEARNZ field trip can be used as a retrospective experience where the resources such as photos, text, activities, videos and audioconferences/web conferences comprise a unique collection of authentic, contemporary New Zealand teaching and learning material.

  • What Now

    Not Registered with LEARNZ? Are you a New Zealand Registered or Provisionally-Registered Teacher? Register free with LEARNZ Now.

    Already Registered with LEARNZ and activated your account? Log in to your personal MyLEARNZ Control Panel and then enrol your classes at no cost in field trips. Note: Enrolment is only needed for the current and future year's field trips.

    Registered but need help? Check your email for activation instructions - contact us if the message did not make it to your email inbox. Log on to MyLEARNZ. Go to Getting Started.

    Teachers - Lost your password? Recover it here.

Field trips:

Previous | Next | All

Introductory video for this field trip: Watch, embed or share on Vimeo or click below to watch here.



PLD about this field trip? Go to Webinar Schedule and Recordings.

New to LEARNZ? Go to Getting Started.

doc Logo

moe Logo

Andrew the LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher.

Meet Andrew, your LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher

Inquiry Topics: adaptations, baches, biodiversity, conservation, earth processes, eruptions, geology, habitat, land use, lava, people in the past, plant succession, pōhutukawa, preservation, Rangitoto, volcanoes

View the LEARNZ Events Calendar