Adventure Travel in New Zealand

This particular tragedy related to adventure travel to visit a volcano in New Zealand caught my eye because I finished teaching my 1L tort law course a few of weeks ago and only submitted my final exam last week.  It contains a couple of teachable aspects.  Many of the cases that I cover in my torts course involve serious human tragedies, yet when one reads the dry judicial writing describing the events, one would never really appreciate the pain, suffering and tragedy that occurred.  Here, the news article describes the raw suffering of the injured and how tourists and tour operators were lulled into thinking that it would be safe to bring people to the volcano.  From a tort law teaching perspective, the incident also  poses some interesting questions about the tour company’s liability and the types of legal defenses that could be raised.  Is there a future exam question here . . . ?

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