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We welcome education groups to visit Waitangi

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.

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

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

All education 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.

The Education Experience is for all student/youth groups Y1-13 wishing to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. We also have a special programme for Early Childhood Education centres. Please get in touch for more information.

This is a 3hr programme which may include an educational tour through our museum Te Kōngahu, a hīkoi though the grounds via Ngātokimatawhaorua up to the flagstaff and onto Whare Rūnanga, practical activities and a cultural performance*. All programmes are tailored to your requirements and learning focus to ensure the ultimate learning experience for your students. You will have an opportunity to collaborate with our Educators for your lesson planning before the visit.

*extra cost to include cultural performance

All education groups are required to book their visits in advance to ensure a member of the Education Team is available to accompany them. Our programme is becoming increasingly popular and is often fully booked weeks in advance.

Please note: If you have a certain date in mind please book well ahead of time to avoid disappointment. You can make a booking enquiry by completing our online booking form.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 we are required to ensure health & safety of our visitors as well as our employees. We have identified several risks on-site and it is our duty to put controls in place to minimise these risks. One of these controls is for our educators to lead every visit. If you have your own lesson plan for the visit our educator will still need to accompany you and therefore booking is essential.

To comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 we require you to bring an adult to child supervision ratio of 1:7 for Y1 – 8 and 1:10 for Y9 – 13. These adults are free of charge.

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds does not currently receive operational funding from local or central government, and we rely on the admission fees of our visitors to keep up our world class visitor experience.

We currently hold a Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom (LEOTC) contract with the Ministry of Education which provides subsidised funding for state/state integrated schools only. This allow us to keep the costs as low as possible and your admission helps us continue operating our Education Programme.

International Students

Education programmes at Waitangi Treaty Grounds can be tailored to suit student groups visiting New Zealand. Our Education team will gain an understanding of what the group would like to get out of their visit to Waitangi and create a programme based on these objectives. It is important to us that your group leave Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a deeper understanding of the topics that inspired their visit.

To enquire about our educational programmes for International Students please contact our Education team at education@waitangi.org.nz.

Bay of Islands Education Network

The Bay of Islands Education Network is 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 Treaty Grounds 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. For more information, check out the Bay of Islands Education Network website.

Download Resources

Teacher Handbook

We recommend all teachers read this booklet prior to their visit.

Download Teacher Handbook
Admission Charges and Terms & Conditions Download Admission Charges and Terms & Conditions
Child Protection Policy Download Child Protection Policy
RAM Form - Guided Groups Download RAM Form - Guided Groups
RAM Form - Early Childhood Education Groups Download RAM Form - Early Childhood Education Groups