Field Trips

Auckland Zoo is excited to invite schools on a full day/overnight conservation field trip to Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary in Term 1, 2019.

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.

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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