Sustainable use of an environment

A better understanding of the environmental effects, and the social and economic consequences of different farming practices will help New Zealanders and their land-use systems achieve more appropriate and enduring accommodations with the New Zealand environment as well as continue to satisfy the demands of market and community stakeholders.


Dairy farm or kiwifruit orchard or coal mine or gold mine tour; visit research farm or orchard or coal or gold museum; water testing; discussions or presentations from experts; bush walk as a benchmark for assessing changes, riparian planting.

Curriculum and assessment:

AS 91009, AS 91011

Sustainable use of an environment


Dairy farming in New Zealand aspires to sustainable development, meaning “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” This requires "three pillars of sustainability”, namely the reconciliation of environmental, social and economic aspirations.

Only a globally competitive dairy farm sector can remain profitable over the long-term. However, sustainable dairy farming also requires the maintenance of natural resources including soil and water. The social dimension relates employment on-farm and the relationship of the industry with wider New Zealand society.

Choice of activities

  • Bush walk: discussion of Waikato landscape and biodiversity in pre-human period, and how land-use changed after human settlement.
  • Visit and tour a dairy farm: This is an opportunity to understand the systems and processes of dairy farming. Discuss outputs, particularly negative ones, in relation to their effect on the environment, and mitigation.
  • Examine structures and strategies, eg. effluent ponds, fences, riparian planting and nutrient budgeting, aimed at making the dairy farm more sustainable.
  • Tree planting, if time, as a contribution to wetland rehabilitation or riparian strip.
  • Visit a research dairy farm for hands on water testing (clarity, conductivity, macrofauna etc. as indicators of water quality) and discussion of herd management to maximize production efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of the production process.

Curriculum and assessment:

Learning area strand: Geography
Key competencies: Relating to others, thinking


AS 91009 Demonstrate geographic understanding of the sustainable use of an environment.
AS 91011 Conduct geographic research, with direction.

Sustainable use of an environment

2020 Prices from

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Cost per head

This includes

  • Research, planning, bookings and organisation
  • Facilitation
  • Activities as specified in itinerary
  • Letter to parents
  • RAMS form
  • Gear list
  • A master copy of worksheets
  • Use of specialized equipment
  • 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.
  • Class set of worksheets – it’s more cost effective for you to copy these at school.


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
1 day
Year 11
Hamilton, Huntly or Waihi
Trip dates
By arrangement
Free teacher
For every 10 paying students
Minimum group size
10 Students
Price for 35+ students
From $61 incl. GST
Valid until December 2020
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