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Term 1 starting 23 February 2015.

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The Virtual Great Walker field trip is your chance to experience the famous Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand's nine Great Walks! But wait there's more! DOC and Air New Zealand have joined forces to bring the Great Walks directly to you through the Virtual Great Walker competition. Your class could win an ultimate Great Walks experience!

Chances are the nine Great Walks are a long way from home so we're offering you the chance to walk the track virtually and supporting you to experience your own local tracks. You will be guided by Ruud Kleinpaste, the famous 'Bugman' and DOC staff so you can be sure you won't miss any of the special features of the area. You will need to be well prepared for a high-altitude crossing of the Southern Alps: it would be good to be fit, knowledgeable about the route, have the right clothing and equipment and be ready to have a great time!

Where you will go

Your expedition will start at The Divide on State Highway 94 north of Te Anau. Over three days you will walk the Routeburn Track, up and over Harris Saddle (1255m) to finish at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown in the South Island. You will pass Key Summit, Lake McKenzie, Conical Hill and Lake Harris, and stay at Lake Mackenzie and Routeburn Falls Hut on the way. Fiordland has a reputation for unpredictable weather so you will need to be well prepared!

Teacher comments about similar field trips

"It linked to our sustainability unit. We liked it because we felt we were there and the scientists connected with us". Rebecca Bishop from Gladstone School

"Great info from fantastic experts guiding us through a real conservation/science issue. Fitted perfectly with our term unit on Native Plants and Animals". Christopher Wratt from Hanmer Springs School.

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To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • How to prepare for your own great walk
  • New Zealand's nine Great Walks
  • Walking the Routeburn Track
  • How biodiversity is being increased on the Routeburn Track
  • New Zealand's special Great Walk habitats
    • Our landscapes
    • Our plants
    • Our animals
  • Cultural and historic stories of the Routeburn Track

During the field trip you will:

  • Walk the famous Routeburn Track
  • Climb up over Harris Saddle at 1255m
  • Take a closer look at flora and fauna with the famous Bugman, Ruud Kleinpaste
  • Explore the role of a variety of native species in the local ecosystem
  • See examples of how everything is interconnected and how small changes can impact upon all living things
  • Look at tourism and how it's managed
  • Stay in a mountain hut
  • Cook a back country meal
  • Look out for mohua /yellowhead ($100 note bird!), kaka, Karearea/falcon, whio/blue duck, tuke/rock wren and New Zealand's smallest bird the tītipounamu/rifleman
  • Spot signs of stoats, rats and possums. Check tracking tunnels and set traps
  • See the work being done to protect wildlife and special plants
  • Get to know DOC rangers and the work they do

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Personal Health and Physical Development Levels 2-5; Science: Living World Levels 2-5, Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-5, Physical World Levels 2-4, Material World Levels 2-4; Social Studies: Place and Environment Levels 2-4; Technology Levels 1-3

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

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  • ESOL

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  • What's in a Field Trip

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  • 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.

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