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Sustainable Wai

Sustainable Wai

Te Mana o te Wai

Exploring Taupō Freshwater Fishery


Welcome to the Sustainable Wai field trip for Term 4. This trip is supported by the Ministry of Education/Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga and Taupō for Tomorrow. The field trip is from 30 October to 1 November 2018. Enrol now.


Water quality has been in the news recently, or rather the decline in quality of our rivers and streams. Clean, fresh water is essential to life. On this trip you will see how quality freshwater drives a significant part of the Lake Taupō local economy. We'll take you whitewater rafting and fly-fishing to find out!

Fresh water is highly valued by the local community here, and these values are reflected in the district plan which specifies how water and land are used. During this trip youll discover how the needs of industry that rely on the river are balanced with the needs of ecology. You will see how DOC works with the local hydro-electricity industry to ensure pristine freshwater environments are not adversely affected. You will also join scientists and rangers as they go about their daily work, measuring and recording water quality.

This trip fits really well with big ideas like sustainability, water, communities, food webs, environments, bugs, land use, rivers and lakes, recreation and special places.

sustainable-wai-introduction.mp4 from LEARNZ on Vimeo.


You are travelling to Tūrangi 'trout fishing capital of the world', in the central North Island, on the southern shores of Lake Taupō. Here are some of the country's most pristine freshwater environments. You will explore the Tongariro National Trout Centre near Tūrangi which plays an important role in raising awareness of the importance of freshwater conservation and the need to create a sustainable fishery resource. The Centre has a freshwater aquarium, where you will see native fish and crustaceans, together with trout and pest fish.

The Tongariro River flows off Mt Ruapehu past the Centre and into Lake Taupō. It is New Zealand's most fished river and is regarded as one of the best trout fishing rivers in the world.

Field Trip Plan

  • Planning Sequence: an example of how primary schools can make use of all field trip components for a 3-day virtual field trip - Word (2.7Mb) | PDF (178k) | Google Doc.

    Monday 29 October

    Travel day: Join Andrew and the ambassadors as they tavel from Kerikeri to Tūrangi. During the journey, Andrew takes the chance to photograph and talk about some of the interesting features of the trip.

    Tuesday 30 October

    Day 1: The Secret Life of Wai.  

    Wednesday 31 October

    Day 2: Taupō Fisheries. 

    Thursday 1 November

    Day 3: Striking the Balance. 

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