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Field Trip 1

This LEARNZ Waterview Connection 1 - going underground with New Zealand`s biggest road project virtual field trip begins with Prepare Students which gets your class ready for the field trip. Teachers, look for your section on the left-side menu of this site called Teacher Support.

This Field Trip 1 experience (of 4) is made up of a number of components from Tuesday 26 August to Thursday 28 August 2014.

Field Trip Plan - August 2014

Monday 25 August Read the first diary about Shelley and the ambassadors travel from Dunedin to Auckland to begin the Waterview Connection field trip. View the panorama and read the ambassador's updates.

Tuesday 26 August

Join experts on the Waterview Connection site to discover more about New Zealand's largest roading project. Watch the videos about the vision for this project and read the diary to see how it will benefit New Zealanders. View the panoramas and read the ambassador's updates.
Wednesday 27 August Watch the videos to see how the Southern Approach trench is being constructed. Read the diary to find out more about the Well-Connected Alliance and what's being done to create better places and spaces for people. View the panoramas and read the ambassador's updates.
Thursday 28 August Watch Alice the Tunnel Boring Machine in action in the videos. Read the diary to find out how she works to cut and construct one of the two 2.4km long tunnels that will complete the Waterview Connection. Read the ambassdor updates and view the panoramas.

 All components in the table below are updated daily during the field trip. They remain on this website and can be used after the date of the live field trip.


Classes can send an ambassador (small toy) on the field trip with the LEARNZ Field Trip teacher. Daily ambassador updates can be read by all enrolled classes.


Students can post their own questions on a Web Board to be answered by the field trip experts. For this special series of field trips from 2014 until 2017 Ask-an-Expert will be kept open, apart from school holidays. Once it has closed, the Ask-an-Expert link will go to a new page which has a selection of questions and answers from the field trip Web Board.


Students put questions live to experts who are on location during the field trip. Audioconferences can also be listened to live via the Internet audiostream or from a recording.


Shelley the LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher writes a detailed diary for students to read, accompanied by 10 captioned images for each day of the field trip - including the travel day on Monday.

Experts and Careers

Students meet each expert involved in this field trip via a profile page and short video. Potential career and training paths can also be explored on these pages.


Wide format images that help students familiarise themselves with the location of the field trip. Captions containing questions generate focus and inquiry.

Photo Gallery

All website and field trip photos are available in one easy-to-use location, where students can browse and select to further their interest and learning.


Short, curriculum-rich videos with questions and answers are made on each day of the field trip and uploaded in the evening for viewing the following day.