Tourism is a major industry in New Zealand, employing almost 10% of the population. From the beginning New Zealand’s international tourist appeal centred on the mountains, forests, lakes and geysers that led it to be called ‘the wonder-country’. Highlights were Milford Sound, the Whanganui River and the thermal area of Rotorua – known as ‘the Hot Lakes District’ – where the chance to observe Māori people and culture was an added attraction. In the 20th century spas and lodges in the wilderness were modelled on tourist resorts in North America and Europe.


Field sketches from a viewpoint to provide an overview of local land-use and spatial patterns in the tourism industry; presentations and discussions with experts; experience local tourist attractions; data collection eg. spatial patterns among accommodation units in relation to location of key attractions.

Curriculum and assessment:

AS 91427



The earliest record of annual international tourist numbers to New Zealand was 5,233 in 1903. International tourism growth was very slow until it took off in the 1960s. Growth was especially strong during the 1990s and 2000s, and in the year to March 2009 there were 2.4 million international tourists. In the early 2000s tourism’s annual contribution to the economy was $18.6 billion, or 9% of gross domestic product.

The industry has become more complex, providing cultural, adventure and nature activities. There are backpacker hostels, large campervan companies, souvenir stores, restaurants, multinational hotel chains and cruise ships, all servicing different types of tourists − from independent travellers to those on guided coach tours.

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

  • Field sketches from a viewpoint to provide an overview of local land-use and spatial patterns in the tourism industry.
  • Presentations and discussions with experts from the local museum or Regional Tourism Organisation on tourism development in the region.
  • Experience local tourist attractions; eg. Glow Worm Caves, Black Water Rafting or the Kiwi Culture Show in Waitomo OR Te Puia, the Agrodome or the Polynesian Pools in Rotorua.
  • Data collection eg. spatial patterns among accommodation units in relation to location of key attractions.

Curriculum and assessment:

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


AS 91427 3.2 Demonstrate understanding of how a cultural process shapes geographic environment(s).


2020 Prices from

Number of Students
Cost per head 2 days
Cost per head 3 days

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
2 or 3 days
Years 12 - 13
Waitomo, Rotorua
Trip dates
By arrangement
Free teacher
For every 10 paying students
Minimum group size
10 Students
Price for 35+ students
From $122 incl. GST
Valid until December 2020
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