The staff at Eastwoodhill Arboretum can tailor workshops and activities to meet your educational requirements.

A well resourced library, herbarium and microscopes are available at the Douglas Cook Centre for school and university groups to use.

Library hire is $100/half day or $175/full day. Maximum capacity 60 people.

Our Jeep is an excellent way to tour the Arboretum for those with time constraints or physical restrictions. See Guided Tours for more details.

Discovery Centre

The latest addition to the Eastwoodhill Arboretum Education Programme is our Discovery Centre.

The Discovery Centre features information boards about the history of the arboretum and the people who are credited with developing and securing its future.

A children's corner includes a library of books, as well as bean bags to relax in. An interactive microscope, projected through a television sheet is also children friendly and is a fantastic way to discover the natural world up close.

Seasonal exhibitions covering a wide variety of subjects also feature in the centre which is open every day with free entry. 

Education Programmes

Out in the park, guided school group tours are an excellent way to learn about the history, tree collections and birdlife of the arboretum. Our Education coordinator will tailor a walk to suit students age, ability and interests. Walks take from 30 minutes up to 1.5 hours.

“We would like to thank Eastwoodhill for a great day. I was one of the many parents who went along as parent help. I would like to say how well managed, cared for and presentable the whole area is. Also, a special thank you to the two Museum staff who took the children for the educational lessons, they were excellent. The children and the adults learnt a lot about the wonderful plant life Eastwoodhill has to offer. We also loved the bird life.”
Parent comment, Central School, Gisborne, July 2013.

Intended outcomes of the education programmes for students:

Being detectives: Exploring, questioning, investigating.

Discover the importance of the environment in our world.

Learn about the uses of various plants and trees.

Guided walks must be pre-booked, are subject to the Education coordinator's availability and are weather dependent. Students should wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Other educational activities include orienteering, arts and craft, and seed planting (by prior arrangement. Costs may apply).

Ratio requirements:

We require a minimum ratio of one adult supervisor per six students (1:6). The Eastwoodhill Education coordinator is not to be included in this ratio. 


Entry price for school groups is $2 per child with supervising adults free.

Activities other than guided walks may incur additional costs.

Booking information: 

Bookings are essential. Please email education@eastwoodhill.org.nz for booking information. All bookings are subject to the Education coordinator's availablility.

Weather / Cancellations:

Weather at Eastwoodhill can differ considerably from that in central Gisborne, including being fine when it is raining in the city. Please contact the office on 06 863 9003 the morning of your planned visit to confirm weather conditions.


A courtyard area beside our Discovery Centre has tables and chairs and seats up to 70 people. This area also includes bathroom facilities and a bbq (bbq must be pre-booked, charges apply). Schoolbags can be left in this courtyard during your visit.

Our Pavilion is a short walk from the Visitor Centre and is suited to smaller groups (<25 people). Overlooking the Homestead Garden, this pavilion provides shelter should the weather deteriorate. It also has toilet facilities on-site. Bookings are required for this area.

For more information about Eastwoodhill Arboretum facilities download the Facilities and Information Guide 2011.