Menzies College

Rock Hopping Mad


The aim of this activity is to go and visit some local sites in Southland and to have a go at finding an artefact, a gemstone or even some gold.  

We aim to go on a rock treasure hunt around the Riverton, Colac Bay and Orepuki area, pan for gold in Waikaia, visit a couple of museums, learn some local history and have a go at an archaeological dig or making your own stone tools.

Planning and Preparation

We will use this time to learn what gemstones are and  how they along with gold is formed. We will also learn a little local history on early Maori occupation and gold mining in Southland/Otago.

Staff Running The Activity

Louise Youngson & Rodney Trainor.

Number Requirements

Minimum number 4, maximum number 9.

Total Cost

The  cost of participating in this activity will be $55.