TOUR 304

Heritage Interpretation for Tourism and Recreation

Course overview

You’ll develop your understanding of the principles and objectives of interpretation and how these are applied to parks, recreation and tourism management.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
  • a minimum of 60 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • a minimum of 60 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • any level 200 course
  • any level 300 course


  • restriction Nature and Heritage Interpretation, RECN-209

Available semesters Semester 1 2024
Credits 15
Domestic fees $841.00

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Discuss the concept of heritage as it is applied to natural and cultural resources used for tourism.
  2. Describe and evaluate the major theoretical approaches to the interpretation of natural and cultural heritage.
  3. Critique the use of interpretation as a fundamental tool in advocacy for heritage conservation and protected area administration in Aotearoa-New Zealand.
  4. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the ways in which heritage interpretation contributes to the tourist experience.
  5. Critically evaluate a range of communication media techniques and their use in effective interpretation.
  6. Prepare a formal document containing elements of interpretive planning, management or evaluation aimed at meeting the needs of the local heritage tourism.
  7. Scope, research, and conduct a quality guided walk or tour.

Course examiners

Stephen Espiner

Dr Stephen Espiner

Associate Professor

Faculty of Environment, Society and Design