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Field Trip

The Prepare Students section will get your class ready for the High Country hi-tech virtual field trip!

The field trip experience is made up of a number of components which take place from Tuesday 12 May to Friday 15 May, 2015.

Field Trip Plan - May 2015

Monday 11 May

Join Shelley and the ambassadors as they travel from Dunedin to Twizel to begin the High Country hi-tech field trip.

Tuesday 12 may

Enjoy the spectacular views from Mount John near Tekapo and see how technology is used to find out where you are and where you have come from. Fly a drone above parts of the McKenzie Basin and see how it collects useful land information.

Wednesday 13 May

Meet local Department of Conservation staff and help map invasive weeds such as wilding pines, record pest and trap locations and use technology to manage high country ecosystems.
Thursday 14 Mayl

Explore land use in the McKenzie Basin and how technology is changing farming and tourist activities in the region.

All components in the table below are updated daily during the field trip. They remain on this website and can be used after the date of the live field trip.


Classes can send an ambassador (small toy) on the field trip with the LEARNZ Field Trip teacher. Daily ambassador updates can be read by all enrolled classes.


Students can post their own questions on a Web Board to be answered by the field trip experts. The web board will be open for one month before the field trip until one month after the field trip. Once it has closed, the Ask-an-Expert link will go to a new page which has a selection of questions and answers from the field trip Web Board.


Students put questions live to experts who are on location during the field trip. Audioconferences can also be listened to live via the Internet audiostream or from a recording.


Shelley the LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher writes a detailed diary for students to read, accompanied by 10 captioned images and panoramas for each day of the field trip - including the travel day on Monday.

Experts and Careers

Students meet each expert involved in this field trip via a profile page and short video. Potential career and training paths can also be explored on these pages.

Photo Gallery

All website and field trip photos are available in one easy-to-use location, where students can browse and select to further their interest and learning.


Short, curriculum-rich videos with questions and answers are made on each day of the field trip and uploaded in the evening for viewing the following day.