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
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
Onsite 1850s church, beautiful lawns and gardens with water features
plus cafe & a choice of meeting halls for your special event.
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.