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Sustainable Wai: Exploring ecology in the Taupō Freshwater Fishery

Explore the environment and freshwater ecology of Lake Taupō and Tongariro River

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About this trip

Travel online to the pristine waters around Tūrangi 'trout fishing capital of the world', on the southern shores of Lake Taupō.

  • Go rafting on the Tongaririo River and see how whio are doing as part of the Blue Duck Project
  • Search for macroinvertebrates as indicators of river ecosystem health
  • Go to the big aquarium in the Tongariro National Trout Centre and get to know our endemic freshwater fish species
  • Meet conservation scientists as they monitor fish using drift diving and a fish trap
  • Join school kids as they learn to fly-fish and help with restoration planting
  • Learn how the district plan drives freshwater conservation, essential for a sustainable fishery.

This online field trip supports a STEM-based, cross curricular approach to teaching and learning. Participation encourages curiosity, citizen-science and student inquiry. Access the glossary. Also, check out the Ambassador Egbert's page. Try the activities and quizzes and look over the Photo gallery.