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For educators

We love welcoming tamariki and rangatahi into the Miramar Prison Garden along with their kaiako. Situated on the site of the former Wellington Prison, it is surrounded by regenerating bush and is a short walk to 5 significant pā sites, and New Zealand’s oldest continually working farm with resident cows and horses. Within half an hour’s walk are Massey Memorial, and several important military sites including Fort Ballance.


Along with enthusiastic volunteers with deep knowledge of the garden and its history, our learning coordinator, Kate Curtis, is an experienced social sciences teacher who can work with your school to offer Education Outside the Classroom opportunities that align with Te Mātaiaho (the refreshed New Zealand Curriculum), NCEA subjects, and your school’s local curriculum.

We can offer:

  • On-site professional learning and development in local history for kaiako

  • Informative tours of the garden and visit to the neighbouring farm to meet horses and cows

  • Exploration of our mini-museum and getting hands-on with garden and prison artefacts

  • Walking tours of local pā sites and historic military structures

  • Sharing knowledge and stories of prison life right where it happened

  • Opportunities to participate in garden work and inspiration for in-school gardens

  • A location for fieldwork for Geography ākonga, with resources aligned with the new NCEA Level 1 

The Miramar Prison Garden is accessible via public transport on route 24 and there is ample parking and turnaround space for buses. We have a composting toilet and drinking water.

We are able to provide hands-on learning for early learning through to secondary, and would like to partner with local schools in 2024. Get in touch with our learning coordinator, Kate Curtis, via to learn more.


Sample Primary Program

Here is a sample programme supporting the inquiry, Our People, Our place, with a focus on the Aotearoa New Zealand Histories curriculum phases 1-2 (years 3 and 4) for ~80 ākonga.


Analysing primary sources: Artefacts

After getting hands-on with artefacts in the prison garden, teachers can use this resource to guide students through further exploration and anaysis of primary sources, using images of the artifacts.

James Crawford's painting of Mt Crawford

This resource focuses on exploring the Māori history and geography of Mataimoana | Mt Crawford through primary sources. It includes a number of captioned photographs, paintings, and historical accounts. This resource can be aligned to the Aotearoa New Zealand Histories curriculum (spanning years 3-4).

Primary Resource
Mataimoana: History under our feet


Miramar Prison Community Garden is an excellent base for Geography fieldwork around the wider Mataimoana | Mt Crawford area. Kate Curtis, an experienced Geography educator, is available to support fieldwork and provide tours to Geography students.

This case study supports geography fieldwork located at Mataimoana | Mt Crawford, on the Miramar Peninsula in Wellington, New Zealand. It was developed with NCEA Level 1 Geography courses in mind, and supports work towards Achievement Standard 1.2 Explore an environment using data.

NCEA Level 1 Geography Fieldwork


NCEA Level 1 Geography Assessment

This assessment activity has been developed for NCEA Achievement Standard 91932 | 1.1 Demonstrate understanding of the spatial distribution of a phenomenon and its impacts on place. It focusses on the spatial distribution of community gardens/māra kai in the Wellington urban area, and can be applied to other locations.

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Trail Map Project

This trail map describes three 1.5 hour loop walks that begin and end at the Miramar Prison Garden. It includes information about 5 pā and 2 kainga sites, as well as historic military structures along the way. Both trails are challenging with steep sections and are best suited to older rangatahi.

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