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Education Centre

The Waitomo Education Service is contracted to the Ministry of Education to facilitate Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom (LEOTC) for all New Zealand registered schools.

We will:

  • Arrange and book your entire programme and accommodation for FREE
  • Provide FREE resources, lessons, advice, risk analysis forms, maps, and on-site support
  • Negotiate the best prices from the activity providers for your benefit

Whether it’s for a day-trip or week-long camp, there are so many possibilities when it comes to linking LEOTC activities in this area with the New Zealand Curriculum. Here are some examples:

The Living World: Study cave creatures like glowworms, cave weta and bats, view moa skeletons and rare fossils at the Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre. See rare and endangered kiwi, tuatara, falcon and other native fauna at the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park. How about a trip to the Mahoenui Giant Weta Scientific Reserve.

Senior Geography/Earth Science: Take a guided tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Aranui Cave or the beautiful Ruakuri Cave for an in-depth look at the world below us, or take a bushwalk over the Waipa Fault. Then visit the Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre to learn more about caves, limestone, speleothems and the interaction between plate tectonics, water, CO2 and limestone in this environment.

Social Sciences: Study the effects of tourism at Waitomo, visit primary and secondary attractions and investigate current trends. This region once played a pivotal role in New Zealand’s history. Stay at one of our many marae as your base to visit historic sites, explore the Rohe Potae, Opapaka Pa or view taonga at the Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre, and never forget that Otorohanga is New Zealand’s Kiwiana Capital.

Health and Physical Education: Go adventure caving with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company or try abseiling, team building exercises, and caving on Stubbs Farm. There’s indoor rock-climbing at Harvest Rock Indoor Climbing Wall, or for something more sedate try bushwalking through the karst landscape of an old cave system at Ruakuri Reserve.

Call (07) 878 7642 or send us an email at education@waitomodiscovery.org to make a booking with the Waitomo Education Centre.

Or just get in touch to find out how we can link your Y1 to Y13 classroom programme to the many options available in this area.