Student activity trails
Use our fun activity trails to get the most out of your self-guided visit to Te Papa.
- Education type Self-guided resource
- Suitable for Years 3–8
Give your students our activity trail sheets to get the most out of your self-guided visit to Te Papa. Fun tasks require students to explore, draw, think, and discuss.
Pick up these trails at our Information Desk, Level 2, or print them off before your visit.
How to print
- Pick the topics most relevant to your class focus from the selection below.
- Print each of your selected PDFs on A3 paper, two-sided.
- Fold each sheet to create a booklet.
- Give each student a copy of the trail, or ask students to work in pairs.
Book a guided education visit to get more support and expertise during your time at Te Papa.
Bug Lab Activity Trail
Follow the secret trail made by the bugs of Bug Lab. Can you meet their challenges along the way?
Explore the bugs’ world and discover how their genius is inspiring human innovation in science and technology.
Arts Activity Trail
Discover art in different exhibitions at Te Papa. Discuss the stories art works may tell, think about what inspired artists, and create drawings of your own.
Mana Whenua Activity Trail
Mana Whenua is like a library, but without a single book in sight. Can you discover the hidden stories among the taonga Māoritaonga Māori Māori treasures?
Tangata o le Moana Activity Trail
Discover amazing stories and objects from Pacific islands.
Blood Earth Fire Activity Trail
Go on a journey that tells the dramatic story of how people have changed the environment of Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly Activity Trail
Explore Te Papa and use your skills as an investigator to find out about invertebrates – animals with no backbone, such as wētā.
Mountains to Sea Activity Trail
Explore Mountains to Sea to discover some of the wonderful plants and animals that live in New Zealand.
Bush City Activity Trail
Look at, listen to, and even touch some of the special plants and animals of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Bush City Geology Activity Trail
Discover the extraordinary geology of New Zealand. Dig, sketch, and investigate to find out about the rocks and landscapes of this amazing country.
Awesome Forces Activity Trail
Use your skills as an investigator and find out what is going on inside our Earth.