Field Trips

Mangere Mountain – Guided Walking Tour

Te Pane o Mataoho / Mangere Mountain is one of the 47 volcanic cones that dot the Auckland isthmus. Sitting 106 metres above sea level, created more than 18,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption. This dormant volcano is full of amazing history, both geological and archaeological. The mountain hosts two craters, and a range of terraces and pits, a unique lava dome and spectacular panoramic views. Enjoy a hike up the trail and explore the remains of former Māori settlements, where low stone walls radiate out from the base of the mountain. There are scores of house and garden terraces, walled garden mounds and stone boundary walls inside the crater and kumara storage pits.

  • Tuesday 1 October, 1.30pm – 5.00pm (including travel time)
  • $20.00 NZD
  • Guided walking tour of 1.5 – 2 hrs. Remember to bring your own water bottles and comfortable walking shoes. Catering is not provided.


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Tip Top Factory

Tip Top Factory - Guided Tour and Tasting

Come and see how the world’s best ice cream is made and taste it for yourself! Using only natural colours & flavours, fresh NZ Milk & Cream and no palm oil. Tip Top is Enviro-Mark Diamond Certified, meaning it has certified Environmental Management Systems which are all about reducing their impact on the environment. And they have a team who is always working to find ways to make Tip Top more sustainable. This tour involves observing the production of ice-cream through a series of viewing windows. Your guide will provide information about the process and the history of Tip Top and the tour will finish with an ice-cream for all with a short informative movie.

  • Tuesday 1 October, 1.30pm – 3.30pm (including travel time)
  • $25.00 NZD

Auckland Zoo - #WildWork Seminar and Zoo access


Auckland Zoo’s mission is to bring people together to build a future for wildlife.  Our director, Kevin Buley, puts it this way “We believe, through greater understanding and a deep sense of connection, that people will value the world's wildlife and commit to ensuring its future.” In practice this looks like caring for wildlife, inspiring others, conserving wildlife in wild places and building a sustainable organisation.  For us, inspiring others includes empowering our community to take action themselves.  It may not seem like most of us can do anything significant about issues like deforestation to grow oil palm, poaching, climate change or habitat loss.  But really, we can!

During the afternoon you will experience the fresh new discovery space for a 30 minute overview of Auckland Zoo’s wild work; some of the Auckland Zoo team will share with you aspects of our journey as we work towards achieving our mission.  In particular, we will focus on our wild work around the palm oil predicament. Thereafter, enjoy the zoo grounds at leisure until it is time to return to Waipuna.

  • Tuesday 1 October, 1.30pm – 5.00pm (including travel time)
  • 30 Minute seminar plus 1.5 hours zoo access. Catering is not provided.
  • $30.00 NZD (Includes a donation to the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund)
Auckland Zoo
Bastion Point

Bastion Point – Guided walking tour

Bastion Point - Named Takaparawhau in Māori, is a coastal piece of land in Orakei that overlooks Auckland's Waitemata Harbour and features a fishing pier that juts out into the harbour, a Maori Village and memorial for one of New Zealand's most revered leaders.

Bastion Point has significance in New Zealand history for its role in 1970s Māori protests against forced land alienation by non Māori New Zealanders. The Savage memorial is for New Zealand's first Labour Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage, who died in March 1940 and is buried in the memorial site at Bastion Point.

  • Tuesday 1 October, 1.30pm – 4.30pm (including travel time)
  • Guided tour of this historically significant area. Remember to bring your own water bottles and comfortable walking shoes. Catering is not provided
  • $20.00 NZD