Education Programmes

The on-site and hands-on learning experiences at the Treaty Grounds provide opportunities for students to critically engage with Waitangi, the place, with Te Tiriti o Waitangi and The Treaty of Waitangi, and with the history of Aotearoa / New Zealand as a nation. All visits are facilitated by our Education Team and trained Waitangi Treaty Grounds staff

Children having fun with Waitangi guides

Our Learning Experiences are developed by New Zealand registered teachers and link closely with the New Zealand Curriculum. All visits are carefully planned in conjunction with the visiting teachers. Activities can include:

  • Mihi Whakatau (brief Māori welcome)
  • Visit to Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi
  • Guided tour of the grounds
  • Cultural Performance with pōwhiri
  • Practical activities, such as learning waiata, wood carving, flax weaving, kite making, art, craft and technology activities, waka drills, traditional games, re-enacting parts of historic events.

All school groups need to be pre-booked to make sure they receive the best educational experiences. Morning and afternoon sessions are available from Monday to Friday facilitated by a member of the Education Team. Due to popular demand, bookings need to be made well in advance to ensure preferred dates and times are available.

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Virtual Visits

Studying about Waitangi but can’t make the trip to Waitangi Treaty Grounds with your class just yet? Ask us about our Virtual Visits to Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi!

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Virtual Visits to Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi

Raranga Matihiko | Weaving Digital Futures

Children exploring taonga with technology

We are proud to be working in partnership with Te Papa Tongarewa to deliver Raranga Matihiko to students in Northland. Raranga Matihiko are museum-led workshops that weave student and ākonga learning through digital technologies, creative exploration, and collaboration. Inspired by museum taonga, primary and secondary school students and kura ākonga will share their stories through a range of digital products, thereby developing their digital fluency.

To find out more, visit Raranga Matihiko | Weaving Digital Futures or contact rarangamatihiko@tepapa.govt.nz or monikakern@waitangi.org.nz


Bay of Islands Education Network

Bay of Islands Education Network logoThe Bay of Islands Education Network is a collective of tourism operators dedicated to offering extraordinary experiences to the education sector in the beautiful Bay of Islands and Northland area. As well as being one of the members of the network Waitangi National Trust are the current facilitators.

The Bay of Islands Education Network takes the hassle out of organising a field trip by building an itinerary specific to your class size and curriculum needs, while offering you the best price and quality experiences for your class or student group.

The Network offers a variety of experiences to suit your needs from day visits to multi-day itineraries including activities, meals, transport and accommodation.

Let the Bay of Islands Education Network make your next school trip easy!

For more information on the Bay of Islands Education Network take a look at the website

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