Experience New Zealand’s underwater environment through virtual reality – now available in Ōtautahi

NZ-VR is a school outreach programme delivered by BLAKE in collaboration with the Christchurch City Libraries.

“If we can’t take every child to the ocean, let’s bring the ocean to every child.”

NZ-VR takes travelling educators to intermediate schools with a class-set of virtual reality (VR) headsets, delivering an engaging, inspiring and educational one-hour session to classes.

Through the virtual reality (VR) technology, NZ-VR allows students to experience a number of underwater virtual reality experiences that compare and contrast pristine marine environments with degraded ones; they learn about what causes this damage, as well as what actions can be taken to show kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and protect the marine environment.

After reaching over 40,000 students across Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland in the last few years, NZ-VR is now available in Ōtautahi Christchurch in collaboration with the Christchurch City Libraries team. It is also available in the Waimakariri and Selwyn districts.

Find further information and see how to book your year 5 to 10 students into the NZ-VR programme.


BLAKE is a living legacy of Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand’s most celebrated yachtsman, and a passionate and relentless champion for the environment. Sir Peter Blake was tragically killed when pirates boarded his boat ‘Seamaster’ while on his 2001 Blake Expedition learning about the deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest.

In his final log on board Seamaster he wrote:

“We want to restart people caring for the environment…through adventure, through participation, through education and through enjoyment.”

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