Tread Lightly Drain Game

The Tread Lightly Drain Game is a mobile environmental classroom which visits primary and intermediate schools in the Auckland region.

The Tread Lightly Drain Game programme explores the difference between the stormwater and wastewater systems, where the different drains lead to, and the effects that pollutants, contaminants and rubbish entering the different systems has on freshwater and marine environments.

'This was fantastic learning for my class - the children were so engaged. Thanks. The impact for our room has been a huge improvement of rubbish in our area and awareness for birds and local waterways.'
- Mt Roskill Primary School, March 2019

Years 0-2 - 40/50mins = $5 each (inc gst)

Years 3-8 - 90 mins = $7 each (inc gst)


  • Tread Lightly Drain Game

    The Drain Game itself is a bespoke built trailer which includes a model wastewater treatment plant and a stormwater system draining to a beach that show children the difference between wastewater drains that connect to the sanitary sewer system and stormwater drains that run into the sea.

  • Ocean Pollution

    Years 3-8 students watch two 360 degree movies through our VR Goggles on plastic pollution in our oceans. This activity helps students make the connection between our actions on land and the effects those actions have on our waterways and oceans. Years 0-2 students participate in an augmented reality activity by colouring in a Pukeko, one of the many native birds that inhabit our wetlands, and bring the drawing to life using the QuiverVision app.

  • Catchments and Wetlands

    Through an interactive lesson using our “catchment boards,” children learn about the connections that exist between our activities on land and the effects on our waterways. Students also learn to identify the significant role that wetlands play in protecting both our waterways and communities, as well as the importance of wetlands as a habitat for many native species in New Zealand.


  • 'Well organised, relevant activities which engaged the children and fitted our programmes really well - a great kickstart to our sustainability topic.'
    - Mt Roskill Primary School - year 5 teacher 2019
  • 'Thanks for coming in and teaching our students - they were very enthusiastic!'
    - Royal Oak Primary School February 2019

Request a Booking

This is the availability for the Tread Lightly Drain Game. If you would like to book the programme for your school, please fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible. See calendar for up to date booking availability.

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Additional Desired Activities

  • Auckland Council - Healthy Waters
  • Foundation North
  • NZ Lottery Grants Board
  • Hynds Group
  • New Zealand Steel
  • Citycare Water

Tread Lightly Drain Game Supporters

The Tread Lightly Charitable Trust would like to thank the following organisations for their support of the Tread Lightly Drain Game in 2021

    • Auckland Council Healthy Waters for their overall support of the Drain Game and the water quality testing field trips.
    • Foundation North for their overall support
    • NZ Lottery Grants Board for their overall support
    • Hynds Group for their overall support and for funding the external rewrap of the Drain Game in 2019
    • Citycare Water, as part of the Citycare Group, for their overall support
    • New Zealand Steel for their overall support
    • And to Auckland Towing, ecostore and many others that are supporting the Tread Lightly Drain Game in 2021
    • Tread Lightly would also like to acknowledge the support of Auckland Council Healthy Waters for funding the first stage of the Drain Game major upgrade in 2019 and 4Sight Consulting in 2020 for the design and build of the new water catchment exhibit