Rocky shore

Image: Tidal pool by Chris Campbell on Flickr

The seashore habitat is a unique ecosystem where living things must be able to survive ever-changing conditions. The online resources below have been selected to support you when you need information relating to the rocky shore. SCIS 1525187

Digital NZ
This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions.
To discover a set and items, use the search term 'rocky shore.'

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Home for a Crab

Students can use this Science Learning Hub interactive to select and build the ideal home for a crab larvae so it can resettle in a rocky shore habitat. Further teacher information and resources on the rocky shore and reef life are also available here.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term rocky shore.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

New Zealand Marine Studies Centre

Presents a comprehensive series of pdfs featuring activities, guides and colour profiles relating to New Zealand rocky shore marine species.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary 


Website for saving our seas. The site contains well-researched scientific information enabling students to learn about the sea, and how to save it.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Te Ara: Marine Environments

Information on all aspects of New Zealand marine life. Drill down to refine your search or enter a keyword in the search box. Includes images.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Pebble, by Susan Milord, 2007 (picture book).
To the harbour, by Stanley Palmer, 2007 (picture book).
Red Rocks, by Rachael King, 2012 (YA fiction).

Life in rock pools, Dunedin Aquirum. Youtube. 15:16