EIT Auckland students visit Hawke’s Bay

November 6, 2020

After weeks of planning, 39 EIT students and 5 staff travelled intercampus from Auckland to Hawke’s Bay on Thursday 5 November. With an action-packed itinerary, the two-day trip encompassed industry visits, local sightseeing and the opportunity for students and staff from both campuses to spend time together.

It was a rainy start to the day as the bus left Auckland with music, games and excited chatter filling the time before a brief stop at Taupo. After a quick visit to take photos at Huka Falls, there was time for lunch before the final leg to Hawke’s Bay.

Arriving at Church Road Winery for the first industry visit, students and staff were given a tour of the facilities and an insight into the winemaking process. Experienced staff guided the group through the heritage of the winery during a tour of the underground wine museum, including the history of the founders.

Following a few purchases at the cellar door, everyone returned to the bus which headed to Marine Parade for some sea air and a sweet treat at Lick this! ice cream parlour. Dinner followed at the Napier RSA with the opportunity to chat with EIT Hawke’s Bay staff. After a delicious meal, the group set off for an overnight stay at Kennedy Park Resort.

Hawke’s Bay didn’t disappoint with a sunny start on day two, beginning with a trip to EIT Hawke’s Bay campus. A tour of the campus included visits to IDEAschool, Trades Academy and the School of Viticulture and Wine during which the group were given an overview of the latest initiatives and innovations happening across the campus.

Then it was time for breakfast at the Student Café. Kindly hosted by Younited, there was a buzz in the air as everyone mixed and mingled with the occasion providing a further opportunity to meet EIT Hawke’s Bay students and staff.

For the final stop, the group took in a second industry visit, this time to Bostock New Zealand. Bostock is one of New Zealand’s leading growers and the largest organic apple producer with a history of sustainable growing practices. This highly informative visit gave the students a real-world insight into the innovative approach of the organisation. The group enjoyed a mouth-watering lunch at Bostock Wines cellar door before boarding the bus for the journey back to Auckland.

As well as many happy memories to treasure, the trip provided a unique opportunity to support students’ applied learning, strengthen intercampus bonds and of course, showcase the beautiful Hawke’s Bay region. Special thanks to our many hosts and to all the EIT staff who organised this amazing trip.