Best suited: Years 7-13 including international students new to NZ
When: March to November - time to suit Length: 2 hours
Start point: Inside Britomart Train station (downtown Auckland) End Point: Aotea Square, Queen Street
Group size: A minimum commitment of 15 students, maximum 28 students with adequate adult supervision ratio required. Ask about our school group concession and availability, please enquire here
Our tour reveals Auckland's early Maori history, its European settlement and the city's cool urban spaces. Students will experience an entertaining introduction to Auckland's amazing history, and gain an appreciation for the city's unique features.
The ground we cover also includes:
- The Treaty of Waitangi and Auckland land gifting
- Life in Tamaki Makaurau pre and post colonisation
- Albert Park's military secrets
- The Women's Suffragette Movement
Local legends including Kate Shepperd, Sir George Grey, and Lord Bernard Freyberg
- Auckland's geology and downtown land reclamation
Significant civic buildings - the Auckland Art Gallery, the Civic Theatre, Aotea Centre and Town Hall.
The storytelling is interactive and tailored to the age group of the students. Guides present material in a friendly and conversational manner and use a portable speaker for amplification. Students are shown images along the tour and a chronological Auckland fact sheet can be provided prior to the trip.
"The tour was great. Really informative and engaging. I will bring my new class next year."
C. Watkins, History teacher, Ficino School, Auckland