Discover: Mimiwhangata Pac Disco explores Mimiwhangata coastal park

New Zealand and Australia Spring Semester Group A

Our diverse group of adventurous students from all corners of the world wander among the high, grassy hills that hug the coast.

Mimiwhangata Coastal Park is an awe inspiring and special place. It has a wonderfully varied land and seascape - low, steep ridges pointing in almost every direction, each cut sharply into headlands of cliffs, or fading into chains of islands, stacks and reefs.

The intervening coastal stretches are filled by broad beaches and sand dunes with a few areas of boulders, shingle and swamp. Beaches and dune areas are favored nesting sites for threatened shorebirds. Around the hard, greywacke rock cliffs are large Pohutukawa and Kowhai trees.

Oral history and archaeological evidence shows Mimiwhangata was once inhabited by a substantial native Maori community.

Resident Ranger Chris shares the rich history of the land and explains the immersive service work in store for the week ahead.

We get settled in and begin program orientation under ancient Pohutukawa trees.

A exercise in understanding one's unique comfort, stretch and panic zones teaches students to get out of their comfort zones and have great adventures.

We gear up to work with the New Zealand Department of Conservation!

We cleared the surrounding fields of invasive ragwort and thistle plants to ensure that Mimiwhangata remains a sustainable and organic working farm.

We handled heavy axes as we chopped wood for the surrounding area under Pohutukawa trees.

After leveling the surface of Mimiwhangata Coastal Park's winding trails, we spread recycled shells and stones from the nearby beach on the raw earth.

We practiced our gardening skills while clearing wild weeds and grooming flax plants.

We took our talents to a nearby Maori cultural school and worked tending their garden with the help of small but mighty local children.

There's nothing like a picnic lunch overlooking Mimiwhangata Bay after a hard day's work.

After a full day of worthwhile work, we head to the beach!

The sun sets on a long day exploring the natural beauty of Mimiwhangata, and there's no where else we would rather be!

Mindfulness in easy when practiced in paradise.

The Milky Way rises above the Pohutukawa trees that create a canopy over our cozy tents.
As we say goodbye to the natural wonders of Mimiwhangata, we reflect on the beauty of this life!

Kia Ora Mimiwhangata!

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