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Field Trip 2 - August 2015

This LEARNZ Waterview Connection 2 - going underground with New Zealand`s biggest road project virtual field trip begins with Prepare Students which gets your class ready for the field trip. Teachers, look for your section on the left-side menu of this site called Teacher Support.

This Field Trip 2 experience (of 3) is made up of a number of components from Tuesday 4 August to Thursday 6 August 2015

Field Trip Plan - August 2015

Monday 3 August

Travel Day

  • Read the diary about Shelley and Alvin's journey from Dunedin to Auckland to begin the second Waterview Connection field trip. Read Alvin's update to discover more about what he got up to today.

Tuesday 4 August

Alice the Tunnel Boring Machine in action

  • Join experts on the Waterview Connection site and watch the videos about construction around the Northern Approach Trench. Read the diary about the progress that Alice the Tunnel Boring Machine has made since the first Waterview Connection field trip. Read Alvin's update and listen to the recorded audioconference and chat session.

Wednesday 5 August

Progress on the Great North Road Interchange

Thursday 6 August

Meet Dennis the huge yellow gantry crane

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. For this special series of field trips from 2014 until 2017 Ask-an-Expert will be kept open, apart from school holidays. 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 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.