Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch
Teachers, tots and students of all ages will be enthralled when they explore our inspired interactive learning environment in the heart of the city's Cultural Precinct. There's always something new to discover among the museum's impressive two million collections and special exhibitions. We make curriculum-based learning fun and offer pre and post-lesson support. The museum, first opened in 1870, is world-renowned for its natural and human history collections. Also, check out our cool school holiday programmes and events just for kids.
Phone: 03 366 5000 or Education 03 366 9429
Hands On History
Lakes District Museum and Gallery
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Lakes District Museum and Gallery Arrowtown
Our interactive Hand-On History education programme, featuring the historically preserved goldmining town of Arrowtown, is designed to enrich and enhance the New Zealand curriculum. Students will experience first-hand and interactive learning in an authentic environment. All programme options are activity based, designed to suit all stages and styles of learning and all link clearly to the Social Studies Curriculum strands.
Tel: 03 442 0317
Fax: 03 442 0835
Howick Historical Village
We have programmes for both High School and Primary Students
We offer customised programmes for Years 9 - 13, as well as tertiary programmes. These include Geography, Drama, English, Tourism, Photography, Food and Fabric Technology and of course, History - a fabulous insight into New Zealand's past especially the establishment of Auckland as our early capital and the settlement of the whole area.
Primary students love delving into early colonial life in New Zealand through hands-on and interactive role-play experiences. We offer a unique EOTC programme involving the technological advancements and inventions made by the early settlers which include construction and engineering, agriculture, food tech, natural medicines, textiles and fabrics. We show how archaeological discoveries of the Fencible Period have helped us understand the lives that early settlers led.
Parents and teachers should also check out our popular holiday programmes and Howick Historical Village is a unique special events venue suitable for children's birthday parties to weddings and corporate events.
Onsite 1850s church, beautiful lawns and gardens with water features plus cafe & a choice of meeting halls for your special event.
Phone: 09 576 9506
Fax: 09 576 9708
Larnach Castle on the spectacular Otago Peninsula is one of NZ's premier visitor attractions and a heritage treasure trove for school groups. Lovingly restored, the castle and internationally-acclaimed gardens are at the heart of the Dunedin visitor experience. We cater for Years 0 - 13. To assist with your planning we can send you brochures and a set of teachers' notes and teachers' self-guided handbook that has been developed for the NZ school curriculum.
Phone: 03 476 1616
Fax: 03 476 1574
Historic and Ghost Tours in NZ's Oldest Prison
We can provide 1 hour guided group tours of the prison to suit your age group. Alternatively, we run a 2-hour Junior Programme featuring an historical tour, scavenger hunt, fingerprinting and games. Children can enter the cells, visit the hanging yard and hear about the secret tunnel, ghosts and lighthouse. Seated areas are provided for morning tea or lunch. Excellent for exchange students or students studying other languages are our audio tours in 15 different languages.
Napier Prison is just a few minutes walk to the town centre and Marine Parade.
Self-guided audio tours are available every day.
To book your school group tour
P: 06 835 9933
Rewi Alley an extraordinary ordinary New Zealander.
To order his re-released Biography go to order form
Rewi Alley’s 120th Birthday Anniversary is being celebrated in 2017 with the
release of Rewi’s Biography now published in both Chinese and English and to
order this fascinating book please use the link above
History & Social Studies Teachers Years 7–10 & Years 11–13 see link below for
resources prepared by a teacher.
Rewi Alley was:
• Raised and educated in Canterbury,
• Veteran of the 1st World War in France,
• Taranaki Farmer in the 1920s
• Spent 50 years in China where he is highly honoured.
The Learning.Anniversary Coordinating Committee in conjunction with the NZ China
Friendship Society has commissioned three Units of
These units are now available as a free online resource and to download visit;
The Butterfly Garden
Thames New Zealand
Within Dickson Holiday Park
Victoria Street, Tararu, Thames
For your class visit we will provide a curriculum based programme suitable for biology, natural history, ecology and the environment that includes the life-cycle of the butterfly. Rain or shine the butterfly house makes an ideal class-trip so call us and ask for the school pack of worksheets to suit your students’ age-group. With an onsite cafe, we can provide a group menu plus help you organise your birthday, orientation party or end of term break-up.
Summer hours 1st September to 31st May,
OPEN 7 Days, 9.30am to 4.30pm. (Closed Christmas Day).
Winter hours 1st June to 31st August,
OPEN weekends only or by prior arrangement during the hours of 10am to 4pm.
Phone: 07 868 8080