Count Down



Hi Guys,

 The countdown is now on for your trip to Wanaka. Things to do! Remember all work for Lynn and David must be completed this week. As for your interpretation requirements they must be ready for me to look at on Friday 9am – 12 in H516. I will have the binding machine for those who want to put all their work together, otherwise you can come in on Monday, September 7 to complete this. We will collect all your work and take it to Wanaka for you.

If the work isn’t completed then the fieldtrip will not be an option. This will result in you not passing this course. If you are having a problem then please see the relevant lecturer.


Visits to attractions

Reminder!!! On Tuesday 25 August you will be meeting as a group at Cadbury World, 280 Cumberland Street, Tour Reception area, @ 9.50am and after the tour proceed to the Speights Brewery tour, 200 Rattray Street, where David will meet you at 11.50am. You must then return to the Polytechnic for the afternoon class for essential information on completing your project prior to Wanaka.

Please ensure you are not wearing jewellery for the Cadburys Tour and covered footwear for the Speights tour.

Take note of how the tours are structured, who it will appeal to and what skills the tour escorts use to ensure the tours are enjoyable for all participants. Have fun!

Take Note!

Thanks to those that attended on Friday – and to those of you who didn’t and made no effort to contact us about why, it was disappointing.

The activity set for last Friday’s class included an interpretation – in this case centred around the Bracken lookout and the northern cemetery. We will hear those interpretations this Friday. For those of you who didn’t take part in this you will have to design your own interpretation (on a site)  and present this to the class before we go to Wanaka. This must be completed.  Uuse the “theme” and “planning an intepretation” worksheets on the student drive to develop your interpretation.

Some of you have started looking at the interpretation assessment – which is good.  Again use the worksheets to help you with this. You may not have a theme until you have completed your research on Mt Iron. You will find that an internet search will not provide you with enough information and you will have to  (and should)  search further afield for information. From this research you should be able to decide upon a theme. So while you all may have similar information, your theme or the angle with which you choose to tell your story will be different. The last thing David and I wish to hear is the same story, told the same way, eleven times.

I hope everyone will be in class on Friday, wear suitable shoes for walking.

Photography tips and planning menus

Brian Treanor gave us some interesting information on taking the best photos including ensuring you have spare batteries! You can see Nuu has benefited with this great shot of the turtles at the Tropical Forest in the Otago Museum.

Next Tuesday Daniel Pfyl will be offering you guidance in the planning and preparation of the meals for your tour groups. Please ensure you have some ideas on suitable dishes you may wish to prepare for your classification of visitor.  Some useful websites for ideas and
You will need to prepare one dinner which you will serve during your stay in Wanaka but also plan for 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and one other dinner for your tour participants.
Your total tour party has been altered to 13 pax which will make it easier for when you prepare and purchase food for the practical experience in Wanaka.
Remember, you will also be eating  the food so make it yummy!!!!


We have several exciting choices for visiting attractions in the Dunedin area and they cover different styles of attractions e.g. industrial, heritage. Please grade your preferences from 1 (1st preference) to 5 and a short comment on why you wish to visit your first choice. 

The Audience

What have we looked at today?… the audience or visitor:TOL guide

  • what makes them special or different
  • how to get their attention
  • what to ask them
  • what they need to know about you
  • what you can do to help make your interpretation come alive
  • props and tools of the trade
  • using technology

Of course this is just the beginning.


”Adventure tourism is a type of niche tourism involving exploration or travel to remote areas, where the traveler should expect the unexpected.
Adventure tourism is rapidly growing in popularity as tourists seek unusual holidays, different from the typical beach vacation. Mountaineering expeditions, trekking, bungee jumping, rafting and rock climbing are frequently cited as an examples of adventure tourism.”
[ Wikipedia 2008]

Kia ora and welcome to what we hope will be a challenging and exciting experience for you. The course will take you from the classroom into the real world of adventure tourism (in this case Wanaka) where you will gain the skills to research, develop and deliver an overnight adventure tour experience.

You will also have the opportunity to improve your fitness base and try some outdoor pursuits (more on that later).  There will also be an opportunity for you to do some shopping (food) and try out your culinary skills (practise now).

Your lecturers for this course will be David Seath (Outdoor education specialist). David has previously worked with the School of Adventure. He will of course tell you more about himself when he meets you. Lynn Brandham will be looking at attractions and activities and will assist you with your audience profile and itinerary. I  (Hillary) will be taking you for interpretation then both David and I will be accompanying you on your assessment fieldtrip to Wanaka.