Early Childhood

The Navy Museum offers a range of Te Whariki-linked educational programmes for Early Childhood groups to practice core skills and learn about the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Museum Visits

The Navy Museum offers engaging and dynamic learning experiences outside the classroom!   

ECE Programmes Available:

Search the galleries and find the treasures that naughty Manny the monkey has hidden.  As you find the treasures collect stamps on your stamp sheet to keep. See below for more details. This programme is suitable for ages 2-5.

This numeracy session uses the premise of Naval deployments to help children build their numeracy skills and knowledge of other cultures. See below for more details. Suitable for ages 3-5.


Manny's Treasures

Naughty Manny the Monkey has hidden treasures through the Museum. Do you and your students have the keen eye to find them?
Come and explore the Museum’s galleries, find the treasures, and earn stamps as you go.
Having ships' pets or mascots is a naval tradition which is no longer practiced. However, one of the most enduring images of ships’ pets is that of a monkey sitting on the shoulder of a HMS New Zealand rating.  We have named this monkey Manny and created a programme, incorporating the principles of Te Whariki, sending children on a treasure hunt through the galleries.

We start in the classroom and learn a bit more about the ships’ pets and the artefacts that we will search for.  Then in small teams, children search the galleries to find the artefacts and earn stamps.  During the gallery stage, children are utilising their decision making skills, teamwork skills, and emerging negotiation skills. 

The programme addresses the following strands of Te Whariki:
Contribution – Mana Tangata
Communication – Mana Reo
Exporation – Mana Aoturoa

Duration: 1 hour
Maximum number per session: 30
Suitable ages: 2-5 yrs
Cost: $2 per child


Shipshape and Ashore

The New Zealand Navy is based in Devonport, but deployed all over the world.  Shipshape & Ashore uses the premise of deployment to create a fun and interactive numeracy session.
Shipshape & Ashore assists students to develop their emerging numeracy skills through learning stories and fun activities. During the course of the programme children will send ships on deployment all over the world, create numeracy stories and make a cool ship counter to take back to their centre and continue their learning.
As part of the programme children will do a short tour of the Museum.

The programme addresses the following strands of Te Whariki:
Contribution – Mana Tangata
Communication – Mana Reo
Exporation – Mana Aoturoa

Duration: 1 hr
Maximum Number per session: 30
Suitable Ages: 3-5 years old
Cost: $2 per child


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Torpedo Bay Navy Museum

64 King Edward Parade
Torpedo Bay
Auckland, New Zealand

Admission is Free

Phone: + 64 9 445-5186 
Fax: +64 9 445-5046

10am - 5pm seven days a week
We are closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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