Te Kura Kaitiaki FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to make a booking?
YES. EDVisit Bookings are essential (if possible four weeks in advance to avoid disappointment). This is still the case even if you choose an independent visit option. Your booking is NOT confirmed unless our Reservations Department have made contact with you. Once we have received your initial booking, we will make contact to confirm a programme or discuss options with you.
How much will it cost?
We have excellent EDVisit Rates. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 837842 or +64 7 3489047 and ask to speak to our Education Manager.
Do I need a guide?
NO. You can choose to visit Te Puia independent of a guide, but the price is still the same. Teacher pre-visits are welcomed. We are also in the process of developing packages for teachers to learn more about Te Puia and provide their own independent tours with their Schools/Kura.
How long does it take?
60 to 90 minutes. Groups receive a maximum of 1.5 hours (90 mins) with Te Puia staff unless otherwise arranged.
How many students can we bring at one time?
A maximum of 36 students per group. Groups can come through on a rotational programme: e.g. Group 1 @ Activity + Guided Tour, Group 2 @ Guided Tour + Activity. Our Kura Kaitiaki staff will confirm this with you prior to your visit. (Some conditions may apply due to Seasonal Staff availability).
Can Te Kura Kaitiaki staff help with the Programme?
YES. Contact between Te Kura Kaitiaki staff and teachers to clarify programme and expectations is a must before arrival. Information requests are welcomed. If you need information pertaining to a unit of work we will do our best to get the information to you. Teachers are most welcome to discuss individual plans with Te Kura Kaitiaki staff. Provide learning outcomes and our staff will put together a programme to suit you. Email: email@example.com
Do you have a supervision ratio?
YES. Due to the unique nature of our geothermal environment our supervision ratios are in accordance with the Ministry of Education guidelines and must be adhered to for the safety and enjoyment of all students. These ratios are our Adult ‘Free of Charge’. We value adult supervision and welcome their active involvement in our EDVisit Programmes. (Additional options may require an adult charge).
Early Childhood ~ 1:1 Primary ~ 1:4 Secondary ~ 1:7
Do you have a Risk Assesment Management (RAM) Form?
YES. You can download it from here.
Can we book the Waka Express?
YES. Booking is essential. The Waka Express (people mover) is subject to availability, so book early.
Can I pre-book a hangi lunch?
YES. Please indicate this on the booking form and our Kura Kaitaiki staff will make contact with you and let you know the lunch options and prices.
When is Te Puia open?
Every day of the year, from: 8am to 5pm (Winter) & 8.00am to 6.00pm (Summer).
Te Kura Kaitiaki EDVisit Service operates from: 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Final Lesson @ 3.00pm (Guided Tours available for school groups during the weekend)
What times are the cultural performances?
Daily at 10:15am, 12:15pm and 3:15pm