Social Sciences - Tiki Tour

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss E. HILLARY

Use a range of geographic skills whilst studying some of  New Zealand’s most important locations. 

The goal of the Tiki Tour course is for you to develop an understanding of our nation’s important locations - locally and nation-wide. We will look at the importance of certain locations now, and in the past. You will also develop an understanding of geographical features , locations and their importance to New Zealand. You will be completing field trips to various locations to allow you to develop a deeper understanding of Aotearoa. There may also be an opportunity to include virtual reality skills into our course. 

Students will also learn practical skills that allow them to further their knowledge about their world, and to navigate their way.  These skills will include learning to: use compass direction, use grid references, longitude and latitude; read a variety of maps including topographic, weather and relief maps;  know how and what land features are and how they may have been created. 

There will be a considerable practical component in this course which may include from the following:

Sketching, modelling with sand, clay or papier mache, 3 D computer modelling;  map and compass work leading to completing an orienteering course; GPS activities leading to Geocaching,  ‘CIA type’ forensic analysis of photographs; field trips to Massey and other locations for practical mapping and orienteering and geocaching opportunities.


Standards shown on courses are only an indication and not all may be offered at the time of study.