School Tours

Pre Schoolers on a School Tour of the art exhibition at NZ Sculpture OnShore at O Peretu Fort Takapuna

At NZ Sculpture OnShore, we encourage young people to develop and expand their knowledge and appreciation of three-dimensional art and to this end we have developed a comprehensive educational component.

Our School Tours Programme places a strong emphasis on participation and students developing their responses to sculpture through interactive and informative activities.

We offer a package of teacher classroom resources and age appropriate student work sheets, designed by a professional art educator, to ensure a meaningful and memorable EOTC learning experience. The three-dimensional aspect of sculpture is particularly appropriate for school-age children and this programme provides a unique opportunity for students to interact with it from many vantage points including, where appropriate, physical contact.

Kids interacting with an artwork at NZ Sculpture OnShore at Fort Takapuna, O Peretu

School Tour at NZ Sculpture OnShore at Fort Takapuna, Auckland  School Tour at NZ Sculpture OnShore at Fort Takapuna, Auckland

Programme Outline

Available on weekdays, the School Tours Programme is suitable for students in Years 3 – 13; whole class, small groups, art extension, gifted and talented, ESOL students, homeschool groups or those simply keen to experience large-scale sculptures in a relaxed outdoor setting.  

Schools enjoy a half-day visit to the outdoor exhibition featuring the largest collection of NZ contemporary art in the country and entry to the fascinating underground fort which houses our Schools' Exhibition. 

As well as being fun, these tours focus on student learning and provide ongoing work in the classroom/home environment.

For more information see our 2023 Programme Brochure.

School Tour at NZ Sculpture OnShore at Fort Takapuna, Auckland  School Tour at NZ Sculpture OnShore at Fort Takapuna, Auckland

Entry Fees

Students  |  $10
Accompanying Teachers  |  Free of charge
Accompanying adults  |  Free of charge (in line with education guideline ratios).

Tour Bookings

We invite schools, educators and student art groups to register their interest for a visit. There are no size restrictions on student groups. Tours do however, need to be booked and paid for in advance of the exhibition opening. 
Submit your booking request in the form below.

Did you know? By booking a School Tour you get first right of refusal to participate in the next event as an exhibiting school. 


For more information or to make a tour booking, please contact:  
Fiona White - School Bookings Co-ordinator
Mobile: 027 450 4609

NZ Sculpture OnShore is a charitable event organised by the ‘Friends of Women’s Refuges Trust' and all net proceeds from the event go to Women’s Refuge New Zealand.

School Tours Video Highlights from the 2018 Exhibition

  • Pakiwaitara o Matariki: Carving the Maori Story (Various Schools)

  • Belmont Primary, Find Your Way

  • Birkenhead College, A Fort

  • Campbells Bay Primary, Not Self But Service

  • Devonport Primary School, Ma te huruhuru ka rere te manu

  • Green Bay College, Stories

  • Kristin School, The Land We Stand On

  • Long Bay College, Culture - local and personal

  • Milford Primary School, Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari ke he toa takitini

  • Monte Cecilia School, Mount Aspiring

  • Ponsonby Intermediate, The Wild Fight of Kapokapowai

  • Remuera Intermediate School, Schooling Fish

  • Stanley Bay Primary School, Fantastic creatures in our moana

  • St Leo's Catholic School, Icons and Whenua

  • Takapuna Grammar School, Kaitaki Creatures And Lost Things

  • Vauxhall Primary School, Ko Wai Ahau? Who Am I?

  • Wakaaranga School, Lizard Lounge