Online videos: LEARNZ virtual field trips are an engaging, curriculum-linked opportunity for students to experience some of New Zealand's special places.


They take students to remote and unique places where they meet and get to know people with fascinating careers in conservation and industry.

LEARNZ is free for teachers registered with the New Zealand Education Council teaching at state, integrated and registered private schools.

View the full programme of field trips on the LEARNZ website.

2018 virtual field trips

Sustainable seas – essential for NZ's health and wealth

Children investigate rock pools.
Children investigate rock pools during Sea Week West Coast
Photo: DOC 

Field trip summary and curriculum links

During Seaweek 2018, tackle a major New Zealand problem: the conflict between the many uses of our marine environment.

Wetland Biodiversity – journey to a rare inland high-country ecosystem

O Tu Wharekai Wetland restoration project.
Volunteers take part in a community planting day, Lake Heron
Image: George Iles | DOC

Field trip summary and curriculum links

Join DOC experts as we travel by helicopter, four-wheel drive, mountain bike and foot into the wetlands and braided rivers of Ō Tū Wharekai.

Note: weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during this field trip.

Ecological Restoration – bringing back native plants and animals

Tiromoana Bush Walk views.
Tiromoana Bush Walk views
Image: Victor Paul | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

Field trip summary and curriculum links

Go to Tiromoana Bush, follow its journey and see what the future will look like. You will learn how the restoration project started, as well as who has been involved and why.

Past virtual field trips

Teachers can access any completed virtual field trip through the LEARNZ archive. The archive holds all the resources, recordings and videos from the trip.

Videos from past virtual field trips can also be accessed on the LEARNZ vimeo page.

Previous virtual field trips relating to conservation and biodiversity include:

  • Takahē (2013) – travel to Te Anau and get right inside the Takahē Recovery Programme.
  • Rangitoto (2012) – walk the summit of Rangitoto, and find out about its fiery history.
  • Marine Reserves (2011) – gain an insight into the management of marine resources, and the benefits that are gained from having them. 

Learning levels

  • Primary
  • Secondary 


  • Native animals
  • Forests and green spaces
  • Native plants
  • Pests and threats
  • Alpine
  • Marine and coastal
  • Estuaries
  • Freshwater
  • Historic places
  • Offshore islands
  • Wetlands

Curriculum learning areas

  • Science
  • Social science
  • Education for sustainability
  • English
  • Maths and statistics
  • The Arts
  • Geography
  • Health and PE
  • Technology
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