To deepen their understanding of our local waterways, Room 2 embarked on a journey of learning and discovery aboard the Huka Falls River Cruise. Despite the rainy conditions, there was an air of enthusiasm and excitement as the students made their way onto the boat. We were greeted by our friendly host Dave Kilmister, who has been operating the cruise since the early 2000s.
As we settled into the journey, students took opportunities to ask questions about the Aratiatia Dam, the Waikato River, local history and the surrounding wildlife.
Students tried their hand at steering the boat, while others enjoyed the various sights and sounds of the river from the front viewing platform, the large rear deck, and the comfortable inside seating area. Michael was quick to spot a geothermal hotspot on the side of the river, while Amber observed foam floating past us, which was created by the Huka Falls.
As the boat gracefully navigated the crystal-clear waters, we eagerly anticipated the highlight of our journey - the thrilling experience of being under the waterfall itself. At this point of the trip, excitement among the students reached a new high. The boat circled around the falls several times, allowing us to appreciate the true power and majesty of the Huka Falls, and providing plenty of photo opportunities.
As the rain began to pour down around us, the Huka Falls River Cruise proved to be an amazing adventure filled with wonder and discovery. The students' enthusiasm and curiosity, along with the guidance of our host, brought the rich history, flora and fauna, the mighty Waikato River, and the stunning Huka Falls to life.