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The on-site and hands-on learning experiences at the Treaty Grounds provide excellent opportunities for learners to critically engage with Waitangi, the place, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and The Treaty of Waitangi, and with the history of Aotearoa New Zealand as a nation. The Education Experience runs twice a day Monday to Friday (9:30am and 1:30pm) excluding public holidays.

Our on-site programmes are developed by our own New Zealand trained teachers and link closely with the New Zealand Curriculum. All visits are carefully planned in conjunction with the visiting teachers to ensure your particular focus/requirements for the visit are met. 

Activities can include: 
  • Visit to Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi or Te Rau Aroha museum
  • Guided tour of the grounds
  • Cultural Performance with pōwhiri
  • Practical activities, such as learning waiata, art, craft and technology activities, traditional games and re-enacting parts of historic events.

We also have a Digital Learning programme.

Please Note:
All schools/youth organisations wishing to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds must be accompanied by our Education staff so pre-booking is essential.
There is usually only enough time for a visit to one of the two museums. Our educators will help you choose which museum suits your students learning/focus best.


                   “Well worth it for our group. Most definitely will be back”

“This experience was highly engaging & the students really enjoyed their learning”

The Education Experience is for all NZ student/youth groups Y1-13 wishing to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

We also have an International Experience for overseas students wanting to learn more about our history and culture, as well as a fun ECE programme  for our youngest learners (2-5yrs)!

Please get in touch for more information about these programmes.

This is a 3hr programme which may include an educational tour through one of our museums (Te Kōngahu or Te Rau Aroha), a hīkoi though the grounds via Ngātokimatawhaorua up to the flagstaff and onto the 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.

Due to time constraints we cannot offer a tour through both our museums. Please indicate which museum would suit your students best when making your enquiry.

*extra cost to include cultural performance

All 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 clicking on the Booking Form button above.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 we are required to ensure the 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 mitigate 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.

Please note: This requirement includes all organisations with under 18’s e.g youth groups, sports team etc

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 allows us to keep the costs as low as possible and your admission helps us continue operating our Education Programme.

Yes we have completed a RAM form for Y1-13 and ECE 0-5yrs for your use.

We aim to accommodate the needs of all learners and will work with you to achieve this the best we can. Find more information on how we plan for learners with special education needs in this e-book below.

We encourage all teachers to have a read of our Teacher Handbook if you have any more questions please get in touch.

 Cancellation Policy

Bookings may be cancelled without penalty up to 48 hours before date of travel. Cancellations within 48 hours of date of travel or a no-show may be charged in full. In the unlikely event that a booked experience is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, e.g COVID-19 restrictions, flooding etc Waitangi Treaty Grounds will refund the paid amount in full.


Education - Hands-On Learning Experiences NZ - Waitangi
Education - Hands-On Learning Experiences NZ - Waitangi
Education - Hands-On Learning Experiences NZ - Waitangi
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