Primary and Intermediate

The Navy Museum has four set programmes for you to choose from.   All our programmes use the museum's diverse resources to create fun and relevant learning experiences outside the classroom.  Our programmes:

  • are supported by Teacher Resource Packs
  • are linked to the New Zealand Curriculum
  • cost: $2 per student for a 1hour programme; $3 per student for a 1&1/2 hour programme

We aim to create the best learning experience for you and your group. We are happy to tailor our programmes to suit your group's age, interests and scheduling requirements.   Contact us now to arrange a visit.

Primary and Intermediate Programmes Available:


First World War 100

The First World War – 100 years on

100 years on, why is Anzac Day still such an emotive and important day for New Zealanders?
What effect did the war have on New Zealanders on the front and at home?
Why was the First World War called the “war to end all wars”?

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, we have developed a programme to help students gain a deeper understanding of the First World War and what it was like for New Zealanders on the front and at home.

Read more: First World War 100

War on the Home Front

How were New Zealand children’s daily lives effected by World War Two? 
How did women and children help the war effort? 
Why couldn’t people just go to the shop to buy sugar?

In this unit students will consider what it would have been like to live through World War Two and how the lives of those left on the home front changed. 

Read more: War on the Home Front

Sigs and Sparkers

Communication is in the essence of humanity.
Why is communication necessary?  
Does what we say dictate how we say it?  
How has communication changed through the development of technology?

In this programme, students explore the development of communications technology in the Navy.  Students become Sigs and Sparkers (Navy Communicators) and experiment with different methods of communication such as Morse code, signal flags, semaphore and radio.  They try their hands at deciphering and writing code.

Read more: Sigs and Sparkers


Which way is North?
Why do maps have grids on them?
Can you find your way around using a compass?
Become a navigator and find out!

In this programme, students will consider the history of travelling the sea.  They will consider what it takes to cross oceans into unknown territory.

Read more: Navigators

Te Waka, Torpedoes and Time

In its prominent location at the mouth of the Waitemata harbour, the Devonport area has long been a useful and significant site to people.  

Who has used this site?  How was it significant to them? 

In this programme, students will investigate the site over three specific time periods. 

Using modern archeological practices student will gather evidence and consider Te Haukapua during Maori arrival and settlement.  They will investigate the historic buildings of the submarine mining station developed at Torpedo Bay during the ‘Russian Scares.’  Then they will reflect on the modern site and its relevance to the public.  

Read more: Te Waka, Torpedoes and Time

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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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