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12 OED Tramp – Te Henga Walkway

On Friday, 8 March, the day started out promising with cool but dry conditions as we travelled by bus to the beginning of the Te Henga Walkway. This was the second tramp for this group and they were keen to test out their newly learned navigation and tramping skills.

We were greeted with stunning ocean views with foreboding clouds in the distance, a sign of things to come. Walking started with energy and pace as we passed through the first couple of kilometres. Within what seemed like only minutes, a wall of wind and squally showers hit us like a freight train. Luckily, we were prepared for the conditions, donning our raincoats as the weather bomb hit.

Students remained in high spirits and enjoyed many laughs as people begun to slip over to hilarious effect. Lunch was spent under a canvas of windswept Manuka trees which sheltered us from the torrential conditions. One final push up the steepest and longest section of the tramp presented us with a descent into a sheltered valley, ideal for our navigation assessment.

A hop, skip and a jump landed us at the end of another successful Outdoor Education tramp and in the presence of some friendly horses who greeted us at the final gate. Well done team!

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