Matapouri to Whale Bay Coastal Walk
Today our students went on the Matapouri to Whale Bay coastal walk. A local author, Hilton Ward wrote in his book, The Tutukaka Coast Loop Road, “this one hour headland track will fill your camera on a sunny day.” Students walked from the north end of Matapouri Bay to Whale Bay where they swam in the bay and walked the sand beach. The views along the coast were very impressive.
We were met by a Maori Guide who talked about the history of this area and how it has influenced the development of New Zealand. She also explained the significance of the Poor Knights Island that we visited yesterday. Favourite moments of the students from today included: Melanie-watching the boys doing handstands on the beach; Robert- I liked the thick sand between my toes; Faris- I enjoyed watching the brothers (Robert and Peter) play fighting on the beach; Kayla-I liked the different terrains on the hike, there were so many different kinds of trees; Diego-I liked taking pictures on the beach; Max- I liked the hike and ending up at the beach; Peter- I liked everything, especially the swimming and the hiking; Michael- I liked skipping stones into the water.
Students returned to the hotel for lunch and went to class for the afternoon. We are going to the local pizza establishment for dinner and will return for Study Hall this evening. Another busy day!