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 some gemstones 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 and learn some local history.

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 and Sue Crighton

Number Requirements

Minimum number 5, maximum number 10.