Thousands of students from low decile schools are reaping the benefits of The Warehouse School Zoofari, an innovative conservation education programme being offered through a partnership between Auckland Zoo and The Warehouse.

The Warehouse School Zoofari includes free transport and entry to Auckland Zoo for all eligible schools. It also includes a free 1 hour facilitated session with a zoo educator, workbooks and teacher workshops.

The Warehouse School Zoofari is possible thanks to the generous support of The Warehouse stores in Auckland and Northland, and with support from Ritchies Coachlines.

Find out more information for your region:

What does The Warehouse School Zoofari programme include for Auckland schools?

The Warehouse School Zoofari includes free transport and entry to Auckland Zoo for all eligible schools in Auckland. It also includes entry to the Zoo for the day, a free 1 hour facilitated session with a zoo educator and wor kbooks.

When can we come?

The programme will run exclusively on Mondays and Fridays in  Terms 2 and 3.
Sessions are offered subject to availability - please enquire early to ensure your school's participation.

Who is eligible?

All year 3 -6 students of decile 1-3 schools in the Auckland Ministry of Education region (from Franklin District in the South to Rodney District in the North) are eligible.

One free adult for every 6 students is permitted. Additional adults will be required to pay standard admission rates. Preference will be given to schools who have not participated in the Zoofari program me before, however, we will be accepting applications from schools who have participated previously.

How is the transport arranged?

Transport is generously provided by Ritchies Coachlines.
Auckland Zoo will book this on your behalf. Maximum two buses per school (maximum of 90 children) .

What is expected of teachers and students?

To ensure students get the most f rom their visit to the Zoo, teachers are required to attend a pre-visit workshop at the Zoo and undertake some activities with their students before their zoo visit.

Pre-visit teacher workshop (Term 2 visits): TBC
Pre-visit teacher workshop (Term 3 visits): TBC

How do we book?

Download and complete the Zoofari Auckland Application Form PDF and email
to: discoveryandle​arning@aucklandzoo.co.nz​.

Applications close Thursday 13 April .

What if we want to bring the whole school?

The Warehouse School Zoofari programme applies to year 3-6 students only.
You are welcome to bring other year levels of your school for a Zoo visit, however you will need to organise and pay for the transport at normal education rates.

Why is The Warehouse School Zoofari free to eligible schools?

Your free visit is possible thanks to the generous support of The Warehouse stores in Auckland and Northland, and with support from Ritchies C oachlines. Both or ganisations share Auckland Zoo's vision for a broad reaching programme where children can connect with, and be inspired to care for, wildlife.

What does The Warehouse School Zoofari programme include for Northland schools?

​The Warehouse School Zoofari includes free transport and entry to Auckland Zoo for all eligible schools in Northland. 

It also includes a free 1 hour facilitated ​session with a zoo educator, workbooks and digital teacher workshop.

Due to the need for Northland schools to travel greater distances, Northland Zoofari inc​orporates a Safari Night sleepover experience at Auckland Zoo (includes accommodation, dinner and breakfast).

​When can we come?

The progr​amme will run exclusively in Term 2 for 2017. Session​s are offered subject to availability - please enquire early to ensure your school's participation.​

​Who is eligible?

Year 5 and 6 students of decile 1-3 schools in the Northland Ministry of Education region (from Whangarei District to Cape Reinga) are eligible.

One free adult for every 6 students is permitted. Additional adults will be required to pay standard admission rates.​

​​How is the transport arranged?​

​Transport is generously provided by Ritchies Coachlines. Auckland Zoo will book this on your behalf. Usual bus numbers of 50 people​ per bus will apply.​
Please note: Several schools may join together in order to fill the bus.

Ritchie's bus will collect you from your regional The Warehouse store and bring you to the Zoo.

What is expected of teachers and students?

To ensure students get the most from their visit to the Zoo, teachers are required to attend a pre-visit digital workshop (due to the distance) and undertake some activities with their students before their visit.​

​How do we book?

​Download and complete the Zoofari Northland​ Application Form PDF and email to: discoveryandlearning@aucklandzoo.co.nz​.

Applications close:​ Thursday 13 April.​​

Why is The Warehouse School Zoofari free to eligible schools?

​Your free visit is possible thanks to the generous support of The Warehouse stores in Auckland and Northland, and with support from Ritchies Coachlines. Both organisations share Auckland Zoo's vision for a broad reaching programme where children can connect with, and be inspired to care for, wildlife.​​​​​

Video

Watch these animal-mad kids on their big Auckland Zoo adventure!

We were delighted to welcome students from Oturu School who drove a whopping 300km from Kaitaia to Auckland to be part of The Warehouse​ Zoofari programme!