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New Zealand, Auckland, Sky Tower

New Zealand

Where will you visit:

Flying into Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city you’ll head to the Sky Tower which at 328 metres is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction. It’s a long climb up but a short trip down via the Sky Jump – like Base Jumping, while attached to a wire!

Flying over Hobbiton in Matamata you’ll be able to see some of the places made famous by the making of the Lord of the Rings movie series.   On this scenic flight to the capital city of  Wellington you’ll  pass by one of the most stunning beaches in the country, Mt Manganui.  Once in Wellington, you’ll visit Te Papa Tongarewa (this means  ‘container of treasures’ in Maori) which is the national museum and art gallery of New Zealand.

Your next stop in the adventure capital of the world – Queenstown.  Sitting on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic mountain ranges, you’ll enjoy some outdoor adventures with your Teammates.

Some questions you could ask about New Zealand:

  • How many steps are there to the top of the Auckland Sky Tower? (1267)
  • What is the meaning of the name of NZ’s National Museum, Te Papa Tongarewa?
  • What is the greatest attraction in the Queenstown region? (outdoor activities e.g skiiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing, bungy jumping etc)

Health & Wellbeing messages

Climbing stairs like this is great exercise as it gets our heart pumping and helps make us stronger and fitter.

The food here is really good, and after a big day snowboarding or hiking a burger is Ok to refuel but we shouldn’t eat them too often!

Good work today Team, early night tonight as it’s important to get lots of sleep so our bodies can recover and rebuild for the next stage of our adventure

Some questions you could ask about Health and Wellbeing:

  • Besides climbing stairs, can you think of some other examples of “huff and puff” activities that you do?
  • Can you think of a “sometimes food” that you like and ways you could perhaps make it healthier e.g popcorn – instead of smothering it in butter, you could eat it without.  Or make your own “ice-cream” by blending yoghurt and fruit then freezing it.
  • Why is it so important to get good sleep each night?


Some of this information has been republished with the permission of the NZ Health Promotion Agency for use in the NZ Healthiest Schools Challenge 2018

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