Wednesday morning experiences

On the morning of day three we invite you to get out and explore the Waikato region on one of these exciting experiences shown below.  

You will sign up for these during online registration at a cost of $25. Because these experiences are subject to minimum numbers, in the event of cancellation you will be offered the choice of another option. 

photo courtesy of hamilton waikato tourism

photo courtesy of hamilton waikato tourism

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari
Time: 8:00-12:30pm

At 3400 hectares, the maunga is by far the largest pest-proof fenced project in the world. It's also New Zealand's most ambitious conservation project. With most of the mountain mature and intact conifer/broadleaf/podocarp forest, the functioning ecosystem on Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is as close to the pre-human New Zealand environment as it’s possible to find. The large size and quality of the habitat on the maunga means it’s a viable home for self-sustaining populations of many of our most endangered species – from birds to bats, frogs to reptiles, tuatara to giant weta.  This experience includes access to both the Tuatara and Southern enclosure with an expert guide.


Avantidrome (Cambridge)
Time: 8:00-11:00am

photo courtesy of avantidrome

photo courtesy of avantidrome

The Avantidrome is Waikato’s newest sports and leisure facility, appropriately located in Cambridge the heart of Waipa, ‘Home of Champions’ territory. This brand new, world class facility is centered around the purpose built 250m wooden cycling velodrome, and is host to a range of other high performance sport, and community facilities.  This experience includes an opportunity to explore the venue and some of the sports science facilities and an optional on-track experience (an additional cost paid directly to Avantidrome). 


Hamilton Zoo
Time: 8:00-11.00am

photo courtesy of hamilton waikato tourism  

photo courtesy of hamilton waikato tourism


Hamilton Zoo is a living classroom.  Come and enjoy the wonders of the living world in a wildlife sanctuary renowned for its generous habitats and sympathetic approach to conservation.

The zoo is home to over 600 native and exotic animals and boasts the largest free-flight aviary in New Zealand dedicated to native birds and plants.  A visit to Hamilton Zoo can enrich students learning in so many ways! The possibilities are endless and the staff are happy discuss your ideas.  This experience includes a presentation by one of the education officers and time to explore the zoo.


Hamilton Gardens 
Time: 8.00-11.00am

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photo courtesy of

Hundreds of community volunteers have transformed the former rubbish dump into an internationally regarded garden. Today, Hamilton Gardens are an internationally award winning destination.   Eye-catching and fascinating themed, the gardens have taken this facility from a local asset to both a national and international tourist attraction with positive economic flow-on for the whole community.

Waikato Museum  
Time: 8.00-11.00am

Waikato Museum's exhibitions, events and programmes tell our stories from a regional and global perspective, and include visual art, social history, tangata whenua and science from touring exhibitions, and the museum’s own collections. July exhibitions that you could explore include: Exscite is jam-packed with interactive, science based activities for young people to actively learn while having fun. Milk Matters: Towards Sustainable Dairying. Te Whaanau Maarama: The Heavenly Bodies. Permian Monsters: Life Before The Dinosaurs.


Evonik Degussa Hydrogen Peroxide plant (Morrinsville)
Time: 8.00-11.30am

Evonik is a German owned multinational. Hydrogen Peroxide is a core business.Evonik’s plant covers 15 acres and has been in operation since 1991 and can produce 19,000 tonnes of Hydrogen Peroxide per annum.  Evonik has manufacturing plants in Europe, North and South America, South Africa, Indonesia and New Zealand. The main user of Hydrogen Peroxide is the Pulp and Paper industry, it is used for the bleaching of pulp to make white paper.


SORRY NOW FULL: Kiwi Composites carbon fibre factory tour (Rotorangi)
Time: 8.00-11.00am

Established 7 years ago, by two guys in a garage, Kiwi Composite produces the lightest, most accurate sporting rifles in the world.  Their carbon fiber barrels are reinforced with patent pending nano fibers which reduce the whip of the barrel when fired and increases its accuracy. Their carbon fiber gunstocks are the lowest density and strongest stocks available.  

They are also the only company in the world producing stocks using cloth that has been impregnated with resin which is the same process used for making racking bikes. They are filled with a syntactic foam that is then milled out to accept the barrel and receiver of the rifle.


SORRY NOW FULL: Spectroscopy & Banned Experiments (University of Waikato)
Time: 8.00-11.00am

The NZASE Safety in Science document has been a go-to for many Science teachers to check if their favourite experiments, chemicals or procedures are banned from use in schools.
In this workshop Professor Bill Henderson will demonstrate a number of banned experiments and discuss the reasons for the hazard and why they are not permitted.

There will also be an opportunity to see the IR, Mass Spec and NMR spectroscopy instruments in action and experience the procedures and techniques involved in obtaining a spectra.
(Covered shoes are required for this experience.  As safety glasses must be worn, people may prefer to wear contacts instead of spectacles).