Pureora Forest Park straddles the Hauhungaroa and Rangitoto Ranges between Lake Taupo and Te Kuiti. It is a hidden wonderland of tall trees, clear rivers and rare wildlife.
You can visit a tower, which gives wonderful views of a forest canopy, a buried forest, the Treetops protest site, the largest recorded totara tree in New Zealand, and a vintage steam hauler and tractor.
Students can study the North Island robin, walk to the summit of Mt Pureora and look at how to 'track' rats.
View the resource
- Pureora Forest Park teaching resource cover (PDF, 574K)
- Page 2-15 (PDF, 1000K)
- Page 16-24 (PDF, 794K)
- Page 25-43 (PDF, 963K)
This kit provides site location maps, pre- and post-visit activities for your outdoor education experience and includes safety considerations and background reading for teachers. Curriculum links are provided and a series of teacher’s study sheets covering a range of topics pertinent to the area.
- Locations of teacher resource kits for the Waikato Conservancy
- Location of Pureora Forest Park
- Using this resource
- Organisation of outdoor safety
- Pureora Forest Park facilities
- Pureora Forest Park - background
- Management of Pureora Forest Park
- Statement about curriculum Llnks
- 10 teacher study sheets
- Other references and fesources
About the resource
- Social sciences
- Health and PE
- Students will investigate the ecosystem of the native forest.
- Students will use information to make a field sheet to record species found on the trip.
- Students will investigate rat tracking as a method of native bush restoration and assess its effectiveness using toxic baits in bait stations.
- Students will gain knowledge of pests of the forest and their management
- Students will compare an understanding of predator prey relationships
- Students will research stratification
Links to curriculum
- Science: Living world: Ecology, Evolution
- Nature of science: Investigating in science
- Health and PE: Personal health and physical development
- Social sciences: Place and environment
- Science: Living world: Ecology
- Planet earth and beyond:
- Forest and green spaces
- Native animals
- Native plants
- Pests and threats