EDUCATION at ZEALANDIA

Welcome to our living classroom!

At ZEALANDIA, students and teachers can walk through a regenerating forest thriving with rare and endangered wildlife. Our sanctuary is a living classroom that provides outstanding education opportunities for all ages. The interactive exhibition will take students on a journey of restoration. Our ongoing conservation effort has created the perfect environment for young minds to thrive alongside the rare and endangered wildlife that call our sanctuary home.

Education Programmes

ZEALANDIA provide a range of environmental education programmes and resources that give students and teachers positive and inspiring nature-based experiences – both inside and outside the classroom, including:

  • • Support for LEOTC (Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom) curriculum.
  • • Positive environmental experiences for students and teachers alike.
  • • Guidelines for the incorporation of many curriculum objectives.
  • • Guides and educators with experience and knowledge to share.

If you have any queries about our educational programmes, wish to have a programme adapted to your requirements or would like to come on a free pre-visit or teacher workshop, please contact our Education Team:

Phone: (04) 920 9202
Email: education@visitzealandia.com
See also: Frequently Asked Questions

Early Childhood EDUCATION GROUPS

 

Half Day (Approx. 3 hours)

 

Children (3-5 years)

$7.50

Teachers

$9

Accompanying Adults

Free

 

To book email education@visitzealandia.com. Please note, minimum charges apply.

Primary & Secondary School Students

 

Half Day (Approx. 3 hours)

Students

$7.50

Teachers

Free

Accompanying Adults

$7.50

Full Day

Students

$12

Teachers

Free

Accompanying Adults

$12

To book email education@visitzealandia.com. Please note, minimum charges apply.

Tertiary Groups & Overseas Students

 

Half Day (approx. 3 hours)

 

Students

$29.99

Supervisors/Teachers

$39.99

 

To book email education@visitzealandia.com. Please note, minimum charges apply.

New Zealand NoT-FOR-Profit Groups

 

Half Day (Approx. 3 hours)

 

Children

$9

Accompanying Adults

$14

 

To book email education@visitzealandia.com. Please note, minimum charges apply.

"What an amazing place and experience! Such a valuable resource where so much learning happens, and people who are passionate about their job impart knowledge and make you want to know more. Our children (and adults alike!!!) were enthralled and inspired. The children appreciated what this place means and were making connections from what they were learning" - Kaiti Primary School

Night Walks

 

Approx. 2 hours.
Available for LEOTC School Groups and NZ Not-for-Profit Groups

Students

$15

Teachers/Accredited Leaders

Free

Accompanying Adults

$15

 

To book email education@visitzealandia.com. Please note, minimum charges apply.

Sleepovers

 

Includes Night Walk, Dawn Tour & breakfast.
Available for LEOTC School Groups and NZ Not-for-Profit Groups

Students

$30

Teachers

$30

Accompanying Adults

$40

 

To book email education@visitzealandia.com. Please note, minimum charges apply.

RESOURCES

Our resources are framed within an inquiry-based education model and are designed to stimulate student interest and equip students with knowledge that will support their visit to ZEALANDIA.

 

ZEALANDIA Trading Card Game

Students love our fun and engaging trading card game that teaches about our many manu (birds) and how to identify them.

Can we make NZ Pest Free?

Learn how to turn your school into a sanctuary with this comprehenisve resource created with the help of WWF-NZ

Activity Sheets

These ZEALANDIA activity sheets will make any visit to the sanctuary engaging with fun flora and fauna check sheets. See how many points your students can get by tracking down our native wildlife!

SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

The ZEALANDIA school holiday programme is tailored for primary and intermediate school children aged between 5 and 12 years with a love for nature, getting outside and mucking in to make a difference. We would love your child to join us!

Each day has a different theme providing an exciting, fun-filled nature adventure. Spaces are limited so make sure to book.

Dates:
Monday 3 October to Friday 7 October

Times:
Drop Off: 8-9am | Pick Up: 3.30-4.30pm

Price:
$55 per child per day (Offsite Days $60)

What you will need:

Lunch, snacks and water bottle
Suitable footwear for walking in the valley
Waterproof outerwear (we will go out in all but the worst conditions
Change of clothes just in case!

Wet weather conditions:

Our philosophy is to spend as much time outside in the sanctuary as possible. We do however have a duty of care to ensure the wellbeing of all attendees. If the weather is particularly cold and wet we have a number of nature focused indoor activities available.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch at education@visitzealandia.com.

 

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Daily Themes:

Monday 3rd October: Freshwater day

Come and explore the wonderful world of stream life in the sanctuary valley. For children aged 8-12, you will investigate the streams beyond the upper dam along-side a freshwater expert! For the younger ones some stream sampling, boat racing and other fun activities will be happening in the lower valley streams.

Tuesday 4th October: Busy Bees

Would you recognise a New Zealand bee? Find out how to tell the difference between native and introduced bees. We will have some experts on hand to give you the facts and spend time exploring the sanctuary to look for bee habitats. Use different materials and design ideas to make bee homes for your gardens and take a look at how bee hives work.

Wednesday 5th October: Plants: Friends or enemies?*

ZEALANDIA is teaming up with the Wellington Botanic Gardens for a half day visit to look at the amazing world of plant survival, plants to avoid and plants that help us in our everyday lives. Become a plant expert in your backyard and learn how to attract wildlife to your garden!
*Off-site day: $60

Thursday 6th October: Endangered New Zealand Birds

What’s happening at ZEALANDIA? Some of New Zealand’s most endangered birds are being protected here in the sanctuary. Meet our rangers and researchers to find out what is going on behind the scenes and why their work is so important. Join us for a bird hunt in the valley and see if you can spot the elusive shining cuckoo!

Friday 7th October: Treasure hunt and board game design day

A treasure hunt with a difference is a great way to explore ZEALANDIA. Spend the morning looking for clues and spotting amazing wild life with your guide before trying your hand at animal themed board game design in the afternoon.

 

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"I was very impressed with the amount of knowledge shared with our group. The use of technology as we walked and the friendly manner shown towards ourselves and our students was very relatable for teenage boys." - Rathkeale College

OUTREACH PROGRAMMES

If you would like our Education Rangers to work with you at your school, we can visit local schools for free, covering the basics needed to make your school safe for our native species. 

Our outreach programmes are free for local schools and cover two sessions on tracking animals and trapping pests. This engages kids in practical conservation efforts, and can be aligned with your curriculum. We'll also provide you with all the tools and knowledge you need.

If you're interested in our Outreach Programmes contact our Education Team to find out more:
 

Phone: (04) 920 9202
Email: education@visitzealandia.com