Tawharanui Field Trips

Auckland Zoo is excited to invite schools on a full day/overnight conservation field trip to Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary as part of our growing Education Outreach programme.

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 carried throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Students participate in bird and lizard monitoring, pest monitoring and trapping techniques, and go on a hikoi to do field work in forest, wetlands and marine reserve ecosystems. After dark, educators and students head into the forest, home to rare endemic nocturnal taonga, and explore the night sky.   

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.


The environmental science focus of the field trip is delivered via a range of hands-on activities that allow students to gain experience and insight into many of the ecological issues we are currently facing in Aotearoa. Just as importantly students will gain a new set of skills they can use to make a positive contribution to conservation in New Zealand.

To get a sneak peek of the types of activities at Tāwharanui watch this episode of Zoo Tales of the Rotoroa Island Education programme.

Key Concepts

  1. Conservation of New Zealand’s unique biodiversity / taonga
  2. Native, endemic and introduced species
  3. Threats to New Zealand’s biodiversity 
  4. Aspects of biosecurity on mainland and offshore islands
  5. Predator Free New Zealand
  6. Personal and social responsibility for action / kaitiakitanga
  7. Heritage – changing relationships between people, place and environment

Note: Mātauranga Māori principals are delivered alongside all key concepts

Teacher Information Pack

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Application Form

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Learn about our outreach education sessions!

Zoo educator Frazer discusses our conservation education programme and what kiwi kids get to experience in beautiful Tāwharanui

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