Trail education

The Wellington Region has hundreds of trails ideal for outdoor education adventures all year round.

eastern walkway

Explore trails, learn about our collective culture and history whilst teaching young people how to interact with nature safely.

Trail adventures

If you are planning a school trip or an adventure for a club here are some ideas to get you started.

drawing from bird spotting hut
family riding on Ara Harakeke trail
school group walking on trail

Plan your adventure

Decide which trail is best for your year group, consider what to take, the learning intentions and risk management.

These tips from DOC will ensure you’re prepared, so too will this EOTC management self-audit checklist.

Why not get your students to think about all of these factors in a plan like this one.

Make sure you protect our environment when you’re out and about by adhering to these simple rules.

On your return, encourage your students to evaluate their experience. And share your pictures on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Resources

There are many helpful resources to help young people engage with nature.

The Department of Conservation is a valuable source of information for everything from learning about animal pests and threats to becoming a Kiwi guardian.

Other outdoor education providers include Everyone Out, a non-profit group that aims to develop Kiwi kids through play, learning and nature, the New Zealand Tourism Guide and school camps at El Rancho, Waikanae Beach.

Other programmes worth a look are Enviroschools, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, and the scholarship programme for promising young athletes, Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington.

Councils in the Wellington region have plenty of outside the classroom ideas too. Check out Greater Wellington Regional Council, Wellington City Council, and Hutt City Council.

There are also learning opportunities at Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne, Wellington Zoo, and Otari-Wilton’s Bush.

Otari Wiltons Bush gate
Visitor excited to feed the giraffes during the talk wellington zoo
kids taking notes on the Te Ara Piko trail

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