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Education Programmes


Here are some examples:    Please see Programme Support also for many ideas.

Caves Amaze, Glorious Glowworms, Cave Critters and Fossils, Caves unique features.

Activities, Experiments, Walks, Caves & Adventure Games (Detailed Caves and Karst activities. Also Pre and post visit Learning

Programme outline and costs for: Caves Amaze programmeGlorious Glowworms programmeCaves and Crystals Programme.

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.

  • Interactive lessons within the Kiwi House and surrounding environment developed to meet your group’s specific learning outcomes.
  • Sample Teaching Units and Resource Kits available.
  • Programming and booking for all activities and accommodation in the area including maps, gear lists and risk management analysis.


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.

Science NCEA

Level 1. Let’s look at Waitomo Caves    -Let’s look at our local area -Show off our features

Demonstrate understanding: The formation of surface features in NZ.

Through experience students will see and understand how those features are forming.

Key words Level 1 NCEA Science general Systems and cycles AS90952 Internal Limestone. Sinkholes(Doline) & Tomo. Caves. Crystal Formations

Level 2. Waitomo Karst Country Caves and limestone.

Investigate geological processes in a NZ Locality

Key Words ESS Level 2 SCIENCE AS91189 2.3 Internal Waitomo limestone. Uplift. Faulting. Dissolving action. Sinkholes (Doline), and Tomo creation, Cave passage forming. Cave calcite crystal forming. Breakdown.

Primary curriculum resources activities & links  and/ or

Resource titles Possible links with achievement objectives

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.

Click here for an Interactive Google map showing Waitomo attractions, services and accommodations.

Geography and Tourism NCEA

Level 1. Sustainable use of Waitomo Caves

Key words: AS 91009 Geography Level 1 Internal Use of and Impacts. Sustainable management of Waitomo caves.

Level 2. Geographic understanding Limestone, Caves, Karst

Key words: Geography 91240 External

Level 3. Interacting natural processes WAITOMO LIMESTONE, CAVES and KARST

Key Words: Geography level 3AS91426 External Interacting. Compare. Early Fluvial processes. Mudstone channelling. Ignimbrite capping. Complete Karst exposure. Interacting Carbonic Acid accumulation in Soils.

Level 3. Waitomo Tourism. A cultural process

Key words: AS91427 Level 3 Geography. Internal Case studies of cultural influences on development. Waitomo Glowworm Cave Wai 51. (125 years of Guiding/Tourism). Ruakuri Cave, Cave Adventure Tourism.

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. Try bushwalking through the karst landscape of an old cave system at Ruakuri Reserve. Or for something more leisurely, try the new Otorohanga Leisure Park activities.

Health and Physical Education

Personal health and physical development. Healthy communities and environments

Adventure Activities Caves and Ad Games and or Limestone Walks Visiting the underground landscape, Discovery Limestone and karst Walk, Ruakuri Resources

Otorohanga Kiwihouse
Help understand how to save the North Island Brown Kiwi.

See Tasman the famous Great Spotted Kiwi, Little spotted kiwi and North Island Brown Kiwi

Like and learn about recent breeding success and kiwihouse success – view and click here Kiwihouse facebook fan club

  • You can visit the Otorohanga Kiwihouse for JUST $3KH picture
  • Animal Encounters (Interactions), Discoveries
  • Meet the keepers (10.30am, 11.00am, 12,00pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm)
  • Kiwi Conservation  -props, videos, kiwi breeding, predators.

Cost to schools: $3 Students    $3.00 each adult.  Teachers free.

Many support resources available. For example, the Take action. Kiwi Guardian Conservation tasks at home, or school.
Call (07) 878 7642 or send us an email at to make a booking with the Waitomo Education Centre.