July 2002
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This resource has been developed to assist teachers in providing an interesting and exciting outdoor education experience at Punakaiki.

The landscape there is a unique mix of karst limestone, coastal forests, sea cliffs, rocky shores, lagoons, and human history and use, both Maori and European. It is an ideal place for a school camp or day trip as there are many things to do and study in a small area. If your group is after a more challenging exercise, Punakaiki is also close to the start of several over night tramps.

This educational resource contains background information on the natural and human history of the area, curriculum objectives and suggestions for class and site-based activities.Getting there information is included and other things to take into consideration to help you plan your class trip.


  • Whose rohe, what's in a name and special features to look out for
  • Walks
  • Be prepared: risk assessment
  • Attractions and facilities, things to see and do, accommodation
  • Resource material
  • How to get there
  • Educational activities
  • Teachers' background information
  • Pre-visit and visit activities
  • Post-visit activities and action


Education Officer

Hokitika Office
Phone:   +64 3 756 9100
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   10 Sewell Street
Hokitika 7810
Postal Address:   Private Bag 701
Hokitika 7842
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