Field Trip | Levels: 1-8: Get your students to explore the history, cultural significance, landforms, and biodiversity of the Turakirae coastal environment on Wellington's south coast.

Explore Turakirae is a site-based education resource for teachers wanting to engage students of any level in Education Outside the Classroom.

The resource is available to teachers as a kit to borrow, free of charge, or to download below. The kit available to borrow contains hard copies of the booklet and activity cards, as below, plus supplementary books, pamphlets and posters.

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Explore Turakirae education resource booklet (PDF, 4,979K)

Activity cards - English

Individual cards

Activity cards - Te reo Maori

Individual cards

About Turakirae

Turakirae Head Scientific Reserve is on the Wellington region's south coast, approximately 30 minutes drive from Wainuiomata along the Coast Road.
With its fascinating history, wildlife and internationally-renowned earthquake-raised beaches, Turakirae offers a rich vein of educational opportunity.

About the resource

This resource has been developed for teachers who want to involve their students in education both inside and outside the classroom. The four topics covered are landforms, wildlife, early settlement, and planning a trip. The suggested activities have been designed for levels 1-8 to develop skills drawing from the national curriculum.
Teachers are encouraged to assess student learning by setting pre-visit, on-site and post-visit activities and can select from a range of options provided in the Explore Turakirae resource.  Learning areas include: English; health and physical environment; science; social sciences; and mathematics and statistics.  Alternatively teachers can adapt activities to suit their students.
The activity cards can be used in the classroom and on site. One set is suitable for a group of five or six students to share.

Learning levels

  • Primary
  • Secondary

Learning areas

  • Science
  • Social science

Learning outcomes

  • Investigation and gathering information about:  landforms, landscapes, natural features, plant and animal life
  • Exploring how Turakirae biodiversity interrelates
  • Gaining knowledge and understanding of why Turakirae is and has been significant to certain people
  • Identifying and using safe practices and risk-management strategies
  • Research and debate on the need to protect an area of international geological significance
  • Gaining knowledge and undersatnding of how events affect different peoples, how people's interpretations of events differ, and how  causes, consequences and explanations of events are complex
  • Gaining knowledge and understanding of people's interactions with socail and cultural environments and how people's perceptions of and ineractions with natural and cultural environments change over time

Links to curriculum

  • Science: Planet earth and beyond/physical world
  • Science: Living world
  • Social Sciences: Social studies, history, geography
  • Health and physical education: Personal health and physical development and safety management
  • English


  • Marine and coastal

Publication information

Prepared 2004 by Linda Chronis and revised in 2011 by Matt Barnett, Kapiti Wellington Area, Wellington Hawke's Bay Conservancy.

© Copyright August 2011, New Zealand Department of Conservation

ISBN 978-0-478-14886-2 (printed copy)
ISBN 978-0-478-14887-9 (web PDF)


To borrow this teaching resource contact:

Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143

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