Links and resources for learning about the country of New Zealand #homeschool #notebooking

I was kind of puzzled when I asked Denna what kinds of things she wanted to learn about this year and she responded enthusiastically with, “I want to know about New Zealand!” 

I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised. After all she is a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and she loves geography.

I like to ask the girls what their interests are from time to time, when we have a little bit of money saved up, so I can buy books and resources to strew for them.

So, we both came up with this fun unit study about New Zealand.

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Books for children about New Zealand

Man, I had some troubles finding books about New Zealand! I know for a fact that our library back home in Kansas has those country study books. Our library here didn’t have anything of the sort, so we were stuck with trying to find books online and through public domain sources.

We stuck with books that told mostly about the history of New Zealand and used online sources for most of our geography information.

This is a free download, and an amazing one at that. It looks to have been a reader for school children because it has study questions at the end of each section. The book is not even 30 pages long, so we just printed out the entire thing to put in Denna’s notebook.

Our other main book for the study, this one is composed of short (2-3 pages) stories about all different periods in New Zealand history. Some of them are fables, some are re-tellings of eyewitness events, but all of them have background facts and information at the back of the book.

It has come to my attention that the Hideous and Hilarious book is not available on Amazon or Alibris right now. The author, Barbara Else, has written several similar books with short stories about New Zealand. Search for used copies at Amazon, Alibris, AbeBooks, and BookFinder.

We found this at the library on post. It has a brief overview of many of the countries in the world and we have been reading about countries that are in the Pacific near us.

Two fiction books that I found recently and ordered for us (we haven’t received them yet):

A list of other books about New Zealand you can look for at your local library.

pictorial story of new zealand

Websites with info about New Zealand


Animal life:


Notebooking pages about New Zealand

New Zealand Unit

For all the trouble I had finding books about New Zealand, I was surprised how easy it was to find notebooking pages on the topic!


More pages from Denna's notebook

More pages from Denna’s notebook

 Videos about New Zealand

And just for fun – Denna loved this video about the filming of The Hobbit on location in New Zealand!

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7 Responses to New Zealand Unit Study

  1. Chelle says:

    What a neat post, filled with some wonderful resources.
    ( I hope it’s okay to post the link back to this??)
    And it sounds like you enjoyed your time studying NZ.

  2. Karen says:

    Hey there 🙂 We are Kiwis. Was surprised to see NZ being the focus of your post. If you can find any Kapai the Kiwi books..they are good and also Footrot Flats comics. They come in book form too and there is also a movie of it called the Dogs Tail I think. Another good movie is Whale Rider which forcuses on a young Maori girl.
    I have a just turned 13 year old and 16 year old daughters if she is at all interested in a Kiwi pen-pal who homeschools (unschools)

    Karen Who just needs to say that Pukekos are a beautiful but very distructive bird that drove me crazy!! lol

  3. Eileen says:

    Nice resources!

  4. Victoria says:

    Hi Aadel, I came across these great ideas via Chelle’s site tonight… although I think I might have see your name come up on the IB Network on FB today? Random! Anyway, just wanted to pass on this haka to watch on YouTube: from Victoria

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