Barney Whiterats by Glenn Colquhoun

Barney Whiterats was a famous swagman who spent nearly forty years travelling the roads of Southland and Canterbury. At the time – from the 1870s right through until the 1930s – there were a lot of swagmen in New Zealand. They walked from place to place, looking for work and a meal, and maybe a bed for the night.
This aspect of our history brings to mind the homeless people in our society today, and the different way other people treat them.

Settlers, Squatters, and Surveyors: Shaping the Canterbury Settlement, 1848-1851

An online gallery about the Pākehā settlement of Canterbury with digital images and added description. The gallery includes digitised images of maps, correspondence, survey notes, minutes, and diary entries. Of use to Ngāi Tahu and those studying the colonisation in Canterbury; Kemp’s Deed of 1848.

Heritage Trail Apps, by Heritage New Zealand

Heritage Trails - your gateway to some unforgettable heritage experiences through a series of free, interactive tours for smart phones and tablets. Experience history right where it happened, and listen to extraordinary stories of amazing people and places. There are three apps:

  • Path to Nationhood, Northland

  • The Waikato War 1863-64

  • High Street Stories (High Street Christchurch, before the earthquakes of 2010/11).

Airport! - International Gateway to Christchurch

It's been a long 10-hour flight! You've completed your arrival card and your Boeing 777 aircraft has taxied up to the air bridge.

Welcome to Christchurch International Airport! During this field trip you will journey as an international traveler through the airport terminal. You will present yourself and your passport to Immigration staff at border control, claim your luggage, get sniffed by an MPI detector dog and see how Customs work to keep our country safe.

You will discover the airport is one large community supporting you as a traveler, arranging freight movements and contributing to the economy of the city, region, and country. You also have special and rare permission to ride in a state-of-the-art fire truck, see how well prepared the airport is for emergencies, and explore how the environment is cared for.

Land, Sky and Space - accurate satellite positioning takes off!

Fly in the cockpit of a regional aircraft, travel in self-driving vehicles, see how rockets get into space, and how we make rural land more productive! This field trip is supported by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).
We all rely on knowing where we are and the location of things. Location-based technology is improving all the time, it allows us to navigate safely, travel the world, and manage the environment around us.
Find out more about the growing number of jobs available in the geospatial industry and how you can utilise location-based technology in your day-to-day life.