Experience and explore
feature filled volcano, the hidden
the dynamic shores of the Pacific Ocean, prominent estuaries,
historic sites, swimming and surfing
beaches and seaside communities.
Spectacular views include the Pacific Ocean, the shipping harbour, large
sand beaches, mountain volcano distant snow covered
and the colourful Canterbury Plains.
Enjoy long wide
sand beach, dunes and a new concrete pier where the locals spend their free
time fishing and exercising above the violent Pacific Ocean waves and the
surfing enthusiasts. There are shops for purchases.
A visit to the old port town
and first European settlement
helps us understand the processes of
building a harbour and the importance of connecting it with its community.
Sumner is a popular growing seaside town with interesting volcanic outcrops and caves
If time permits:-
● Hike an historic mountain trail
● Take a harbour cruise
● Ride an
aerial cable car
Visit Ferrymead Heritage Park. LINK
causes, types, shaping, deposits.
We enter the feature filled volcano
crater. The largest vent is now partly drowned and is used as an excellent shipping harbour.
exposes the various types of igneous materials
(Loess, Breccia, &
with glacial dust deposits. We can learn about the formation of the vast alluvial plains
that grew from tectonic processes, weather, glaciation, rivers and ocean movements.
We find study opportunities with the drifting, dunes, volcanic outcrops, wave caves, stacks, estuaries, wetlands, and tidal surges. We can explore the conservation
programmes to resist coastal erosion and observe how settlements use the
how geography is so important for settlements. We see how the volcanoes, plains and
ocean are all used to advantage the settlers along with
systems that began and developed from here.
settlements that thrive and those that struggle economically due to changing
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