Environmental Science New Zealand

Adventure, learning and exciting activities all in one educational school trip.

Explore a variety of New Zealand's unique geographical features across the scenic North and South Islands.

This tour highlights the geological and biological features of one of the world's most beautifully preserved countries.

Internationally recognised for its distinct biodiversity, New Zealand is home to some of the world's fastest shrinking glaciers, remarkable wildlife species and stunning landscapes.

Educating Adventures offered excellent service for our school trip to NZ. They were very flexible and catered specifically to our group's needs — a 10/10 service and highly recommended.

Mr Ryan Davis-Philp, Dickson College, Canberra, Australia

Rare flora and fauna, unique geography and climate have developed in New Zealand primarily due to its long isolation from other landmasses and humans.

On this geography trip, your students will put classroom learning into practice as they immerse in one of the world's most unique geographical areas. Learn about current pressures on its environment from threats such as agriculture, tourism, and climate change and what is being done to promote recovery, sustainability and conservation efforts. 

Trip highlights

  • Explore Mt. Cook and visit ancient glaciers.
  • Walk one of the top day treks in the world - the Tongariro Crossing.
  • Sail up to waterfalls, as you discover the fiordlands of Milford Sound.
  • Delve into the rich history of New Zealand and Maori culture, eat food prepared in a hangi and learn the haka.
  • Explore boiling mud pools, steaming vents and the volcanic rocks of The Thermal Explorer Highway.

Trip inclusions

  • An all-inclusive package including flights, accommodation, transport, meals and activities.
  • Our full suite of tools, resources, checklists and support that will make your trip planning and advertising a breeze.
  • Free travel for teachers.
  • An EA tour representative on hand 24/7.

Trip inclusions

  • An all-inclusive package including flights, accommodation, transport, meals and activities.
  • Our full suite of tools, resources, checklists and support that will make your trip planning and advertising a breeze.
  • Free travel for teachers.
  • An EA tour representative on hand 24/7.

Trip highlights

  • Explore Mt. Cook and visit ancient glaciers.
  • Walk one of the top day treks in the world - the Tongariro Crossing.
  • Sail up to waterfalls, as you discover the fiordlands of Milford Sound.
  • Delve into the rich history of New Zealand and Maori culture, eat food prepared in a hangi and learn the haka.
  • Explore boiling mud pools, steaming vents and the volcanic rocks of The Thermal Explorer Highway.

New Zealand Environmental Science itinerary

DAY 3: MT. COOK AND TASMAN GLACIER BOAT RIDE AND QUEENSTOWN

Visit the Department of Conservation in Mt. Cook National Park, for an educational program. Learn about the landforms, human perspective and impact within the park. Then, walk to the nearby glacier lake for a boat tour, exploring the Tasman Glacier. Transfer to beautiful Queenstown in the afternoon.

DAY 4: QUEENSTOWN

Wake up and explore Queenstown's town centre before boarding the TSS Earnslaw. Take the breathtakingly beautiful ride across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak and have the best BBQ buffet lunch in Queenstown. Upon your return, head up the iconic Queenstown

Skyline gondola and test your speed on the luge track.

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What to expect on an Environmental Science trip to New Zealand

The stunning South Island of New Zealand provides the perfect setting for students to put their physical, biological and information sciences knowledge to the test. Visit Mt Cook and the Tasman glacier to learn about the cause and effect of climate change as well as the formation of these vast mountains and glaciers. Visit Hanmer Springs to learn all about the creation of natural thermal hot springs caused by the Alpine Fault.

Trip activities

Mount Cook

Mount Cook is in Mt Cook National Park in the Southern Alps, the mountain range which runs the length of the South Island. The glaciers, rock pools and rugged environment offer an excellent opportunity for students to understand the geography of the region, learn about the formation of glaciers and the tectonic uplifting of the Pacific and Indo-Australian Plates. Students will also discover erosive forces in effect and how they shape the landscape over time.

The Tasman Glacier

The Tasman Glacier is New Zealand's longest glacier, 27km in length and 600m deep. Students will touch 500-year-old glacier crystals and learn about the history of the iceberg as well as find out about scientist predictions for the coming years and how they drew those conclusions. Understand the ever-changing glacial landscape and the impact of an accelerated retreat and what that means for the terminal lake. Discover the unique features of the landscape and find out why the icebergs are tearing away from the glacier.

Tongariro National Park

Hike the trails in New Zealand's oldest national park and complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing while discovering the geographical aspects of the land formation along the way. This activity can be modified to suit the ability levels of all students to enable everyone to enjoy the hike and experience the great outdoors. Students will see dramatic, awe-inspiring natural scenery and have the opportunity to discover unique landforms, including the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu.

"As a result of this trip, we have three students considering picking up mechanical engineering at university, and a host of students considering STEM-related A-Levels. An action-packed, awe-inspiring week away. I can't wait to go back next year!"

Teacher
Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, NASA STEM Trip, October 2018

"I believe the memories created on an international school trip can drastically enhance a student's entire learning experience. Being immersed in real-life learning is the most powerful educational experiences one can gain."

Teacher
Grace Lutheran College, China Business Trip, September 2018

"The experience for us was personalised, accessible and our consultant was interested in us. This makes the world of difference when you're travelling with students"

Teacher
Brigidine College Randwick, NASA STEM Trip, September 2018

“This trip has taken the top spot for my career highlights to date!  The experiences and the way in which the students conducted themselves and embraced opportunities, even when they were out of their comfort zone, will stay with me forever.  I don’t know if it gets better than this.”

Teacher
Barr Beacon School, NASA STEM Trip, February 2019
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