On Friday, 6 March the Year 12 Travel and Tourism class had a day out to give them an insight into what it’s like to be a tourist. After battling traffic on the North-Western motorway, our first stop was Westhaven where we had a spin around the harbour in a jet boat with Auckland Adventure Jet. Although everyone got a bit of a drenching, the ride provided a real adrenaline rush for all. A walk through the Wynyard Quarter and the Viaduct completed the first section of our trip.
Next stop: Bastion Point and a quick look around the beautiful gardens and views out to the Waitematā Harbour. This was the chance to experience some historical tourism of the area: why the Bastion Point protest occurred in 1977-78 and the issues around that; why the gun emplacements are positioned along Tamaki Drive; and the Michael Savage Memorial. Following this, we spent time at Mission Bay beach for lunch. Our final activity for the day was playing mini-golf at Lilliput.
Overall, the experience was valuable and students had the opportunity to enjoy some of Auckland’s tourist activities and attractions. A busy day but a lot of fun.