Visit New Zealand’s Volcanic Landscape on a Geography Field Trip

The varied geography and landscape that sets the scene for Hollywood blockbusters (think the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Piano, Pete’s Dragon, Mission Impossible: Fallout and The Meg) ticks all the boxes for your Geography field trip wish-list.

Rotorua New Zealand Fieldtrip

Sitting at the bottom of the South Pacific ocean, around 2000km southeast of mainland Australia*, the two main islands of New Zealand may seem relatively small and insignificant in relation to the rest of the world. Don’t be misled, though, New Zealand is actually a submerged continent (Zealandia) that sank after breaking away from Australia 60–85 million years ago!

Due to its position on the boundary of the Australian Plate and Pacific Plates, great forces have been at work to forge the landscape that will bring Geography lessons to life for your students.

New Zealand Geology and Geography Field Trip Ideas

  • Explore volcanic plateaus featuring geothermal-fed hot water springs, geysers and boiling mud pools
  • Take your students on a guided ski trip amidst towering mountain ranges fringed by subtropical forests
  • See six volcanoes and never leave the city of Auckland (built on a dormant volcanic field with over 50 volcanoes within an area of 1,000 square kilometres)
  • Marvel at iron-sand beaches on the west coast and white sand beaches on the east
  • View rugged fiords, stunning glaciers, two UNESCO World Heritage sites and an International Dark Sky Reserve
  • Get beneath the surface in an extensive underground limestone cave system lit by glow worms
  • Choose between two cities damaged by earthquakes and built up again
  • Appreciate nature’s power as you step onto a volcanic crater of one of the most accessible active marine volcanoes in the world!

View our Glacier Explorer Sample Itinerary
View a Sample Itinerary for a School Geography Tour of the South Island

Lucy, our Product & Operations Manager recently checked out White Island – one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes. See more of her photos and videos on Facebook. We can easily add on a White Island excursion to your school trip. 


Benefits of planning your school trip with Haka Educational Tours:

  • We can tailor a school trip itinerary to your tour group’s needs.
  • We plan everything about your tour from the departure gates to the study booklets your students will show their parents at the end of the journey
  • Our list of tour inclusions is long, but here are the basics for every tour:
    • All tour transport included
    • Daily continental breakfast & evening meal
    • Expert Haka Educational Tour Guide
    • Accommodation – Hostel/lodge style (students multi share, staff twin share)

Keen to know more? Email us to discuss how we can design the best school tour or geography trip for you and your students.


*The closest point to mainland Australia is near the Resolution Island lighthouse at 45°44’S, 166°27’E (Fiordland), a distance of approximately 1,491 kilometres from a point near Tasman Island lighthouse 43°12’S, 148°E (Tasmania).

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