Field Trips

Rotoroa Island Trust and Auckland Zoo are pleased to invite teachers to apply to bring their class on a conservation science field trip to Rotoroa Island in Term 1, 2018.

Facilitated by Auckland Zoo educators, year 5 to 13 students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities based on current conservation fieldwork practices on Rotoroa Island.

This field trip is strongly curriculum-linked and best suited to schools that have current environmental and/or conservation science programmes in place or are about to establish one.

Dates and Times

Individual class field trips will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 February - 12 April, 2018

Your class will gather at the downtown Auckland ferry terminal at 8am and return to downtown Auckland at 5pm.


A full-day field trip to Rotoroa Island facilitated by Auckland Zoo educators.

A pre-visit teacher workshop at Auckland Zoo to present background to the island, relevant resources and kaupapa of the field trips.

Teacher Workshop

A pre-requisite to bringing your class to Rotoroa Island on a field trip is attending a two-hour teacher workshop on Friday 27 January  2018 (10am - 12noon) at Auckland Zoo.

Please ensure you are available on this date as this workshop cannot be repeated and no field trip will go ahead unless the lead teacher attends the workshop.

About Rotoroa Island

Closed to the public for nearly 100 years, Rotoroa Island was a place of sanctuary for people recovering from addiction. However, it re-opened in 2011 as an arts, heritage and conservation estate.

This partnership will ensure that the island's legacy of recovery, salvation and renewal will continue into its future, by becoming a sanctuary for a range of endangered New Zealand species.

New Zealand leads the world in island restoration projects for wildlife, and the Rotoroa Island partnership with the Zoo signals a new chapter in island restoration.

It will see us extending the Zoo beyond our grounds in a way that's never been done before in New Zealand, using specialist zoo expertise to bring back, and manage a wide range of species on a remarkable island sanctuary.

The partnership between Auckland Zoo and Rotoroa Island is funded by the Hutton Wilson Charitable Trust and is for $4m over five years.

To learn more about this partnership and the work happening on the island, head to 'The Sanctuary' in Te Wao Nui.


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