2017 Hopunipuni ki Rotorua

Post date: Feb 8, 2017 2:33:53 AM

Kia ora koutou

Please see the list of what you will need to bring to camp and the updated itinerary as per below:

Camp Fees: Tamariki $375 and Adults $465

Dates: 13th – 17th February 2017

Accommodation: 5 days & 4 nights @ Keswick Camp


AT LEAST per child (please hand the food below in to staff, by the Thursday 9 Feb) prior to departure so that these can be packed appropriately):

  • Some legal snack food to share
  • 1 pkt of biscuits or crackers to share

Tamariki need to bring (you MUST name all clothing – it is helpful to put clothes in a daily plastic bag for each day):

  • Appropriate bedding – sleeping bag, pillow etc
  • At least 8 towels for showers and maybe swimming
  • Toiletries, toothbrushes & toothpaste, soap, shampoo face clothes etc
  • Swimming Togs just in case
  • Shoes that can get wet – ideally, reef shoes
  • Appropriate clothing (they may need something warm for evenings or if it gets a bit chilly), footwear (they will need closed in shoes & sandals)
  • Pyjamas
  • Versatile mufti clothes
  • Warm clothes, a jersey or coat, covered in shoes & socks just in case
  • Insect repellent if necessary but please make us aware

Tamariki will need the following items on the first day in a school / carry bag (which they will need daily):

  • a large packed legal lunch
  • a large drink of water
  • hat


Money, lollies or cell phones are permitted on this kura camp.


Tamariki do not need their kura uniforms.


(Timing and details may alter slightly)

13 February – MONDAY - 7.30am Depart from kura

Travel to Rainbow Springs, Rotorua

10:00am Arrive at Rainbow Springs

It’s the quiet majesty of the native bush, ferns, trees and plants that defines Rainbow Springs Nature Park as uniquely New Zealand. See the crystal clear cold water that flows from subterranean springs, home to magnificent specimens of Rainbow, Brown and Tiger trout. Continue your walk through the native bird aviary to see the tuatara house and kiwi nocturnal house.

Big Splash

The big splash is a nine minute long journey through time that features an informative narrative, state of the art animation bringing to life dinosaurs, Moa and the Haast eagle, and an adrenalin boosting plunge at the end.

11:30am Bird Show

12:30pm Lunch – packed lunch from home

4pm – depart for Keswick Camp

4:30pm Check into Keswick Camp

6.00pm Dinner – provided by Keswick Camp

14 February - Tuesday

7.30am Continental Breakfast – provided by Keswick Camp

9.15am Depart for Buried Village

10:00am Buried Village – Self Guided

Discover history alive today … 120 years on and known as the ‘Buried Village’, the excavated village of Te Wairoa offers a first-hand insight into the devastation, chaos and mayhem that transpired on the night Mount Tarawera erupted.

12:30pm Packed Lunch at Paradise Valley Springs – provided by Keswick Camp

See the feeding of the Lions at 2.30pm, and visit the Lion Cubs! Paradise Valley Springs is a beautiful New Zealand Trout, Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary, set in native bush and ferns with freshwater springs, pools and a magnificent trout stream. They even bottle their own water!

4:30pm Return to Keswick Camp

6:00pm Dinner – provided by Keswick Camp

15 February - Wednesday

6.45am - Depart Keswick Camp

7:30am Lakeland Queen Breakfast Cruise

Enjoy breakfast and a cruise on the Lake Rotorua

9.30am – Travel to Rotorua Museum of Art & History

10:00am Rotorua Museum of Art & History –

We will be splitting into 2 groups and we will have 1 hour each working with robots and Da Vinci inventions and 1 hour doing an amazing race in the vicinity of the Rotorua Museum. Both groups will participate in both activities. This is a result of the recent earthquake activity in the centre of NZ causing some movement in the Museum building to the point that is deemed unsuitable currently.


12:00pm Packed Lunch – provided by Keswick Camp in Museum gardens

12.30pm Travel to Te Puia

1:00pm Te Puia

Join the Guided Tour of Te Puia, taking in the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, home to bubbling hot springs, plopping mud pools and the mighty Pohutu Geyser!

3.30pm Travel to Mitai

4:10pm Mitai Hangi Dinner and Maori Concert

Journey back in time to a pre-European lifestyle experience of customs and traditions while ambling down the pathways of the rediscovered village as it comes alive to the sound and activities of tribal songs, dances, myths, legends and spiritual stories. Enjoy the hangi dinner, a banquet of succulent foods cooked traditionally on hot rocks in an earthen oven.

7:00pm Return to Keswick Camp

16 February - Thursday


7:30am Continental Breakfast – provided by Keswick Camp

9.00am Travel to 3D Maze

10:00am 3D Maze

The aim is to go in one of four entrances, make your way around either an easy or tough course and get to each of the four coloured mini towers, which are blue, yellow, red and green. See who can do it the fastest.

11.00am Zorb Rotorua – need to bring swimwear and towels

Roll down the hill in a plastic ball with flipping and rolling around full of laughs and heaps of fun.


12:30pm Packed Lunch – provided by Keswick Cam

1.00pm Skyline Rotorua & Luge

Take a ride in the 8-seater Doppelmayr Gondola to the top of Mt Ngongotaha and see the magnificent view of Lake Rotorua and the city. Enjoy Two Luge rides, a fun filled gravity ride on a 3-wheel cart, returning to the top via a double seater chairlift. Additional Luge rides can be purchased at the School Group rate on the day at Skyline Rotorua of $7.00 per person, per ride.

4:30pm Return to Keswick Camp

6:00pm Dinner – provided by Keswick Camp

17 February - Friday


7.30am Continental Breakfast – provided by Keswick Camp

(Don’t forget your packed lunch on departure)

Pack and clean up camp, depart Keswick Camp

Redwoods Forest Walk \ Blue Lakes \ Waka Ama

12:00pm Packed Lunch at Lake front – provided by Keswick Camp



If you have any queries whatsoever please don’t hesitate to ask.

Ngā mihi.

Whaea Sioux