Marine Studies

Kelly Tarltons; Fish farm or aquaculture research facility visit; Boat trip to Poor Knights and guided tour of the Marine Reserve; Snorkel or kayak.

Accommodation and Meals

You’ll stay in comfortable bunk room accommodation at Tutukaka Holiday Park. This spacious facility, miles from the nearest town has games room and TV room as well as a kitchen where you group can self-cater if you choose. Alternatively we can organise self-service buffet continental breakfast, packed lunches and fully catered dinners.

Curriculum and assessment:

AS 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2

Marine Studies


“An icon on Northland’s horizon, the Poor Knights Islands are washed by a warm current that sweeps down from the Coral Sea; with pending World Heritage Status, and complete with a diversity in nature that is found nowhere else in the world, unique and endemic species thrive both above and below the water.”
Day 1
  • Kelly Tarlton’s (presentation from curator, tour behind the scenes, access to Antarctic world and Underwater world)
  • Ruakaka NIWA: Tour of facility and presentations and discussions on aquaculture, fish farming and water quality management.
  • Drive to Tutukaka
Overnight Tutukaka

Day 2
  • Boat trip to Poor Knights Marine Reserve with possible dolphin watching en route (1100 to 1600)
  • Guided tour of reserve, including world’s largest sea cave.
  • Watch live footage from beneath the boat and an underwater tour with commentary
  • Take part in a discussion of marine reserves and their value
  • Snorkel and/or kayak in the reserve (snorkel gear and kayaks provided)
  • Drive back to school Curriculum and assessment Biology AS 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2

Curriculum and assessment:

Learning area strand: Living World
Key Competencies: Relating to others, thinking


AS 91154 Biology 2.2 Analyse the biological validity of information presented to the public
AS 91155 Biology 2.3 Demonstrate understanding of adaptation of plants or animals to their way of life.
AS 91602 Biology 3.2 Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific

Marine Studies

2020 Prices from

Number of Students
Cost per head

This includes

  • Research, planning, bookings and organisation
  • Facilitation
  • Return ferry tickets
  • Accommodation at Pakiri Beach Holiday Park
  • Activities as specified in ininerary
  • Letter to parents
  • RAMS form
  • Gear list
  • A master copy of worksheets
  • Use of specialized equipment
  • Snorkeling instruction
  • GST
  • Saving you a great deal of time and hassle

Not included:

  • Transport (bus, to and from school). Ask us to quote if you don’t have access to your own.
  • Food can be provided for an extra $35 pp per breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Class set of worksheets – it’s more cost effective for you to copy these at school.
  • Snorkel gear, including wetsuits (mandatory as part of risk management) can be hired for $25 per person.
  • Additional adult supervision to ensure a ratio of no more than 1 adult to 6 students while snorkeling. We provide a minimum of one to ten, which needs to be supplemented by school staff on the trip.


Q1. Why do teachers choose to tour with Learning Journeys?

Using an outside provider like Learning Journeys allows you to avoid stress and save time to focus on the core demands of teaching and have more time with your family and friends.
  • Trips are well tried and tested and our local knowledge, New Zealand-wide, is extensive. • We’ll facilitate your trip as well as planning, recce-ing AND booking it (including transport, food and accommodation). Have as much or as little input as you want.
  • Our facilitators are secondary geography or science teachers with years of classroom as well as EOTC experience.
  • Trips are curriculum linked and can include NCEA assessment tasks.
  • RAMS forms, parents letters, gear lists and worksheets developed and provided for you.
  • We’re Qualmarked (Tourism New Zealand has checked us out as a safe, professional, company) and Dept. of Conservation approved.

Q2. Does it cost more for Learning Journeys to organise and run my school's science and geography trips?

Yes it does cost a little more per student. However, you need to factor in the time you'll save by using Learning Journeys. You will also save the cost of relief for staff who would otherwise have come from your school, since Learning Journeys will provide one or more facilitators who will contribute to staff-student ratios.

Q3. What about risk management?

Safety is always paramount in our trip planning and delivery. We are acutely aware of the responsibility of being entrusted with other people’s children. We will provide you with RAMS forms for all activities included in your programme.

Our Health and Safety Plan deals with every aspect of our operations and training. Hazard identification is carried out for every new activity and a RAMS (Risk Analysis and Management System) form is prepared. This process has been audited both by a Department of Conservation approved Safety Auditor and as part of our Qualmark® accreditation

Our teacher-facilitators are trained in safe practice and all have First Aid qualifications. The suppliers we use are fully qualified and experienced in their specialist areas and where available we choose to work with Qualmarked® operators. Their sound safety records are further guaranteed by the Qualmark®, accreditation process.
Qualmark® is New Zealand tourism's official mark of quality. All accommodation and tourism businesses carrying the Qualmark® have been independently assessed as professional and trustworthy, so you can book and buy with confidence.

Q4. Who are your facilitators?

Our trips are managed and facilitated by qualified science or social science secondary teachers with classroom experience as well as many years’ experience in the field.

Q5. How long have you been running field trips for New Zealand secondary students?

Since 2001. Our oldest client did 12 consecutive yearly 3 day trips to Goat Island and Tiritiri Matangi Island. Most other schools repeat trips year after year.
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Tour Length
2 day
Years 12 - 13
Whangarei Area
Trip dates
By arrangement
Free teacher
For every 10 paying students
Minimum group size
10 Students
Price for 35+ students
From $304 incl. GST
Valid until December 2019
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