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

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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

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