Education and School Holiday Programmes

Education Programmes at Aratoi

Aratoi's Education Programme gives students the chance to connect the past, present and future through stories, taonga and objects of local Wairarapa community and the wider world. Our New Zealand trained teachers offers unique learning experiences that complement and enrich the learning that students experience in the classroom. Our programmes are designed alongside current major exhibitions and offer alternative approaches to achieving curriculum requirements.

Our Museum Educators are also happy to adapt and plan sessions in conjunction with the visiting teachers, to meet the special needs of your tamariki or to fit in with your classroom topics.

Current Programmes 

Term 2 2019

‘WAI - Water Project’ – two major exhibitions opening in April 2019, bring together many voices, experiences and narratives relating to the freshwater systems of Aotearoa. Traversing multiple disciplines, the works reflect growing concerns for our aquatic world and together, form a conversation around rivers and the water and how we might go forward with to care for our local environment.
This exhibition is a must see for any classes studying our local waterways this year. ‘WAI - Water Project’ will be supported by a complementary exhibition of local artist’s works including and new works by Sam Ludden. 

Dates to take note of:

Top Art – New Zealand wide Secondary Art Portfolios or Excellence showing: 19 – 23 August


We are happy to adapt the session and activities to fit the needs of your tamariki. 


Wai, Water\Way sessions are available Monday - Thursday 29 April - 4 July 2019


Sessions are approx. 70 min. long and are led by an educator.

This programme, including activity, is FREE (with schools to organise their own transport).

Maximum group size for each session is 30 students with teacher and parent help.


Please book through, code: e2zyz

For all queries, please contact or call 06 370 0001.



Kindly supported by

T G Macarthy Trust