School programme

Following first footprints

You provide the bus

Year 3+. Half a day

Free for Porirua schools or $2 per child per programme.

Take half a day and follow the footsteps of the first Maori and European settlers in the area. 

About the programme

Know your own neighbourhood and the strategic importance of Porirua in the mid-nineteenth century.

Pātaka educator and historian, Linda Fordyce takes you and your hired busload around 'Porirua"  - the place where the tide flows from two harbours- on a journey that follows the footsteps of the first Māori and European settlers in the area. 

The programme includes a pre-tour visit (60 minutes) to your school to help provide your students with the narrative/contexts surrounding the tour and the visual imagery of the past. 

Sites include a coastal whaling station, colonial stone barrack remains and Wellington’s last fighting pā site.

If you're booking a bus, it's an approximately 40 km round trip.

Curriculum Links

Social Sciences – all strands


Contact us

Email or phone (04) 237 3551 if you'd like us to tailor a programme to meet your learning goals.

Teacher resources