Year 11 - 13 Options

As well as the established programmes below, the education officer is willing to work with you to develop a session that suits your assessment requirements.


Use the Wakatipu as a living classroom by visiting historic sites. Learn how to use a variety of primary and secondary resources in our purpose built archives facility, where students can immerse themselves and get enthusiastic about research! Students can prepare for:

  • NCEA 1.3 - Interpret sources of an historical event of significance to New Zealanders: GOLD RUSH!
  • NCEA 2.1 - Carry out an inquiry of an historical event or place that is of significance to New Zealanders: Otago Gold Rush
  • NCEA 2.2 - Examine an historical event or place that is of significance to New Zealanders: Otago Goldrush
  • NCEA 2.4 - Interpret different perspectives of people in an historical event that is of significance to New Zealanders
  • NCEA 3.1 - Research an historical event or place of significance to New Zealanders, using primary and secondary sources: Otago Gold Rush
  • NCEA 3.2 - Analyse an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders
  • NCEA 3.3 - Analyse evidence relating to an historical event of significance to New Zealanders
  • NCEA 3.6 - Analyse a significant historical trend and the force(s) that influenced it (Migration, Racism, Changing Role of Women)
  • Put 19th century New Zealand into context - great for inspiring Year 13 students for their external assessment.

    Try and allow at least a full day (schools can spend two days) to allow your students to get as much research done as possible.

    "Fantastic, enthusiastic educators. Each year we feel blessed to have the availability of the archives and staff to help our students in their chosen inquiries." Year 11 History teacher

    "Great access to archives and excellent help from the Educator" Year 13 History teacher

    "Archives were surprisingly fun!" Year 12 History student

    “I liked handling the primary resources and going through the process of gathering information that could not be gathered anywhere else.” Year 13 History Student

    Sample Programme:

    Time Activity
    9.30-11.00 Brief Tour of Museum and Intro to Archives
    11.00-11.15         Break
    11.15-12.15 Archives Research
    12.15-1.00         Lunch
    13.00-14.00 Historic Walk
    14.00-15.00 Chinese Village Tour
    15.00-16.00 Archives Research


    • NCEA 1.1 Demonstrate geographic understanding of environments that have been shaped by extreme natural event(s): Extreme Natural Events: FLOOD! Case study comparing the three major floods in the Wakatipu in 1863, 1878 and 1999.

    • NCEA 1.3 Demonstrate geographic understanding of the sustainable use of an environment: Resources and their use: Grapes and Gold Study looking at the short- and long-term effects of extracting a non-renewable resource, gold, on the Wakatipu. Comparing that with the cultivation of wine, a renewable resource.

    • NCEA 1.5 Conduct geographic research, with direction: Carry out research: Go with the flow Traffic issues in the Wakatipu Basin – intense development and limited infrastructure.

    • NCEA 2.1 Demonstrate geographic understanding of a large natural environment: Explain a natural resource - Land in The Wakatipu. What is underneath, how has this been shaped by humans and the environment?

    • NCEA 2.4 Apply geography concepts and skills to demonstrate understanding of a given environment

    • NCEA 2.5 Conduct geographic research with guidance
    • NCEA 3.2 Demonstrate understanding of how a cultural process shapes geographic environment(s): Tourism as a cultural process - Queenstown. An interactive talk and presentation includes spatial variation maps, temporal changes and how our unique landscape has contributed to but also suffered from the development of tourism; the negative and positives of our tourism boom for those living here and local iwi (Ngāi Tahu); the impact of the Covid- 19 pandemic on an economy heavily reliant on tourism. 

    • NCEA 3.5 Conduct geographic research with consultation

    • NCEA 3.6 Analyse aspects of a contemporary geographic issue

    • A self-directed or guided visit to the Museum after the presentation can be included with the booking. alternatively, take a tour of the Chinese Settlement
    • We now have access to modern facilities for larger school bookings - due to a growing demand!

    Access to primary materials such as photographs, newspapers and oral history extracts can be made available.

    "An integral part of my Year 13 programme" Year 13 teacher

    "Very informative and relevant to NCEA" Year 13 Geography student

    “The information was perfect for the 3.2 Standard. Good balance of theory and discussion points. Mapping task was a good practical component. Really enjoyed having the local police constable in to talk about the social issues around the Queenstown region........really good info for the impacts part of the 3.2 Standard. Good to see Geographic terminology being applied in the presentation eg spatial, patterns, clusters, interaction etc. The powerpoint and write on task sheets were very comprehensive.” Year 13 Geography Teacher

    “The speaker lady was wonderful, full of humour and easy going and really relaxed with us and our questions bu also silence. i found the presentation quite enjoyable” Year 12 Geography Student