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Field Trip 3

This LEARNZ Waterview Connection 3 - going underground with New Zealand`s biggest road project virtual field trip begins with Prepare Students which gets your class ready for the field trips. Teachers, look for your section on the left-side menu of this site called Teacher Support.

This Field Trip 3 experience (of 3) is made up of a number of components from Tuesday 13 September to Thursday 15 September 2016

Field Trip Plan - September 2016

Monday 12 September

Travel Day

  • Read the diary about travelling from Dunedin to Auckland to begin the Waterview Connection field trip.
  • See what Alvin the LEARNZ ambassador got up to today.

Tuesday 13 September


  • Read the diary to find out what happened to Alice the Tunnel Boring Machine.
  • Watch the videos to see how the tunnels have been constructed and how they will be managed to maintain ventilation, lighting and safety.
  • Listen to the audioconference recording
  • Read Alvin's update

Wednesday 14 September

Urban Design and Community Involvement

  • Read the diary to find out about the design of facilities such as skate parks, playgrounds and cycleways.
  • Watch the videos to discover more about how public spaces can be designed to maximise access and protect the environment.
  • Listen to the recorded audioconference
  • Read Alvin's update

Thursday 15 September

What to expect from the Waterview Connection

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.

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.