City Gallery

Plan Your School Visit

Following is a list of frequently asked questions around Gallery visits. If you require further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Important Notice
With construction work around Te Matapihi (Central Library), you may notice noise coming from the site.

How do we get to the Gallery?

There is a dedicated bus drop off zone in Wakefield Street, close to the intersection with Cuba Street. There is a short walk around the Michael Fowler Centre and along Jervois Quay to access Te Ngākau Civic Square.

When can I visit?

School education programmes are available daily during term time. Our programmes run for up to 120 minutes, beginning at 10.00am and 12.30pm.

How much does it cost?

Programmes are typically $7.50 per student (teachers free)
Sculpture trail and gallery workshop: free

Can we book a self-guided tour?

School groups are required to book a programme that is led by our Mātanga Akoranga | Learning Specialist.

How many students can I bring?

Our maximum class size is 32.

How do I book an education programme?

The easiest way to book is by filling in our booking enquiry form here. Once your details have been received, we will check availability, process your booking, and send you confirmation. If you haven’t heard from us within five working days, please reach out to the booking team at [email protected]

Once your booking is confirmed, our Mātanga Akoranga | Learning Specialist will be in touch within the month leading up to your visit to discuss your ākonga learning needs and the focus for the visit.

What student-teacher ratio does the Gallery require?

Primary and intermediate groups are required to have a ratio of 1:8 adult to students.
Secondary groups are required to have a ratio of 1:16 adult to students.
Accompanying adults should be prepared to play an active support role.

What should I do to prepare for the visit?

Teachers are responsible for their groups at all times during their Gallery visit so ensure your students have been briefed on appropriate behaviour, including respecting artworks. Read the Teacher Resource Card for pre- and post-visit activity ideas.
The learning team will provide RAMS to you when your booking is confirmed.

What should I bring?

Visit confirmation email and class register.

What should students bring?

All materials are provided.

Can we take photos in the Gallery?

Photography is permitted in most exhibitions. A sign adjacent to relevant artworks will indicate when photography is not permitted.

Is there somewhere to put students’ bags and jackets?

Storage boxes are available for bags and jackets in the Gallery foyer. 

Is there somewhere we can have lunch?

Unfortunately there is no lunch space for schools at the Gallery.
School groups need to make their own arrangements for lunch, and often opt to eat outside in Civic Square.

What do we need to do on the day of our visit?

Aim to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of your education programme.
Report to the front desk on arrival and sign your group numbers in the Gallery’s school register.
Your Mātanga Akoranga | Learning Specialist will meet you in the main foyer, help with putting bags away, and provide a health and safety briefing before commencing the programme.
Should you run late, please let our Bookings team know by email or call 04 913 3742.