Rotorua accommodation

What are the best places to stay in Rotorua?

The Backyard Inn (previously called Kiwipaka) –


The Four Canoes Hostel has been good for some schools –


What others can you recommend?


The importance of field work and field trips in Geography

Why do fieldwork ?

For decades, fieldtrips (whether local, residential or international) have been an integral part of the geography for students in  secondary schools. Over the years, increasing pressure has been placed on teachers to vary or reduce the experiences they are able to offer students.

Increasing administration and risk assessment, which is of course of paramount importance, have added to the time pressures in an increasingly congested and competitive curriculum, and to this have now been added budgetary constraints and other requirements.

Despite this, and further internal school priorities, fieldwork in geography must not become a casualty. It is a vital and valuable component of the compulsory phase of every student’s Geography experience.

Read the article from the GA_FieldworkEntitlementGuidancev2

Overseas Trips for Geography Levels 2 or 3 anyone got some new ideas?

Hi All,

I was wondering where other than Hawaii, Gold Coast, Tanzania, Amazon where do people take their Geography and possibly History students for a social sciences field trip? Our department are looking at taking students aboard but may need to encompass some history as well? I was thinking the U.S.A with Tourism 3.2, 3.3 or 3.6 standards any suggestions?  Cheer Steph.