Real Estate Banner

Free Phone: 0800 12 2665    Phone: +64 7 873 8951

Education in the Otorohanga District

Otorohanga offers excellent schools and education in the Otorohanga and Kawhia communities and surrounding rural areas.

 

  • Pre-school and child care facilities

  • 3 primary schools in the Otorohanga Community

  • 1 primary school in the Kawhia community

  • 8 rural primary schools throughout the Otorohanga District

  • A secondary school in the Otorohanga community

  • A Trade Training Centre in the Otorohanga township

  • Adult Continuing Education programmes

  • University and polytechnic education within easy commuting distance of Otorohanga.


Pre-schools & Child Care (up to age 5 years)

Learning Adventures

Kakamutu Road, Otorohanga


Phone  07 873 8487
Email learningadventures.edca@gmail.com
Entry Age Birth to 6 years
Staff
Staff to Child ratio Under 2 years 1:3; Over 2 years 1:6 
Hours 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday (Open during school holidays) 
Fees Offers childcare subsidies through Work and Income
20 free hours of childcare for all 3 year olds. 

Mission
Statement
At Learning Adventures we recognise that young children's learning is an exciting and interesting journey.  Our children learn through their play, while involved in exploration, socialising, self-discovery, physical and mental development and guided by our experienced teachers.  Children are encouraged to extend their learning while following their curiosity, interests and passions.  Learning Adventures is a family owned Centre and all our teachers are caring and dedicated, they work alongside families to achieve the best experiences and outcomes for children.  Learning Adventures offers transition to school support and school visits for children aged 4.5 years and older.
Distance from Otorohanga In the Otorohanga township on Kakamutu Rd (behind St John's Ambulance Station)

 

 

Little Kiwi's Corner

1 Clark Street, Otorohanga


Phone 07 873 9291 / 027 472 8084
Email littlekiwiscorner@yahoo.co.nz
Website www.littlekiwiscorner.co.nz
Roll 33
Entry Age 0 - 5 years
Teachers 5
Staff to Child ratio Under twos 1:4, Over twos 1:8
Hours 7:00am - 6:00pm Monday to Friday.
Fees $5.50 per hour, 20 hours free for 2 and upwards, fee packages to suit families needs, WINZ subsidies
Mission
Statement
"Love, Nurture, Grow and Learn".
Distance from Otorohanga Central to Otorohanga

 

 

 


Hopscotch Early Learning Childcare Centre

11 Bledisloe Avenue, Otorohanga


Phone  07 873 8732 / 027 255 2464
Email elc@hopscotch.kiwi
Website www.hopscotch.kiwi
Roll 35, including 10 under the age of 2 years
Entry Age 3 months to 3 1/2 years
Teachers 8
Staff to Child ratio Infants 1:3, Toddlers 1:6
Hours 8:00am - 5:15pm Monday to Friday.
(Open during schoool holidays. Closed for statutory holidays and two weeks at Christmas.)
Fees Please ask for our current fees policy. Parents are able to apply for childcare subsidies through Work and Income. We offer 20 hours free childcare per child, per week for children aged 3 and over.
Mission
Statement
"Our vision is to provide a calm, consistent yet adaptable environment where all children can have fun, gain independence, confidence and respect and have the opportunity to express individuality. Maori children will enjoy educational success as Maori and all children will be given opportunities and skills for their immediate and life-long benefit".
Distance from Otorohanga In the Otorohanga township, opposite Otorohanga College.


Hopscotch Preschool

59 Haerehuka Street, Otorohanga


Phone 07 873 8739 / 027 255 2464 
Email preschool@hopscotch.kiwi
Website www.hopscotch.kiwi
Roll 50 (licensed for 30 children aged 2 and over)
Entry Age 3 1/2 - 5 years
Teachers 4
Staff to Child ratio 1:10
Hours 8:00am - 5:15pm Monday to Friday.
(Open during school holidays. Closed for statutory holidays and two weeks at Christmas.)
Fees
Please ask for our current fees policy. Parents are able to apply for childcare subsidies through Work and Income. We offer 20 hours free childcare per child, per week for children aged 3 and over. 
Mission
Statement
"Our vision is to provide a calm, consistent yet adaptable environment where all children have fun, gain independence, confidence and respect and have the opportunity to express individuality. Maori children will enjoy educational success as Maori and all children will be given opportunities and skills for their immediate and life-long benefit. 
Distance from Otorohanga In the Otorohanga township, opposite the Anglican Church.


Kawhia Early Childhood Centre - Te Kura Tiaki Kohungahunga

318 Rosamond Terrace, Kawhia


Phone 07 871 0048
Email kawhiaedtrust@xtra.co.nz 
Roll 24 
Entry Age 2 years old 
Teachers 2 registered teachers, 2 Kai Awhina 
Hours Monday to Friday 8:30am - 3:00pm
(Open 1st week of school holidays)
Mission
Statement
"Kawhia Early Childhood Centre is bicultural, bilingual centre which bases its philosophy on the principles of the Te Whariki curriculum, providing a positive reciprocal approach to learning. 'Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga' is an integral part of our learning environment - our programme provides for the holistic development of children and our curriculum plan supports the diverse learning styles of all children." 
Distance from Otorohanga 57km 


Central Kids Otorohanga

9 Hinewai Street, Otorohanga


Phone  07 873 8314 
Email otorohanga@centralkids.org.nz 
Website www.centralkids.org.nz.org/otorohanga-kindergarten
Roll 40
Entry Age From 2 years
Hours 6 hour sessions from 8:45am - 2:45pm, Monday to Friday 
Teachers
Teacher Aides 1 (part time) 
Visiting Specialists
3 early Intervention Speech, Language Therapists
Special Interest
To provide a programme based on Te Whariki ECE Curriculum that values partnership with parents, children as holistic leaners and reflects the dual heritage of NZ - Aotearoa. 
Mission
Statement
"To provide the highest quality early-childhood education service for young children in settings that inspire active learning and support inclusion". 
Distance from Otorohanga
In the Otorohanga township, opposite the Otorohanga Medical Centre.


Otorohanga Parents Centre

11 Kakamutu Street, Otorohanga


Phone  07 873 1815 
Email  otorohanga@parentscentre.org.nz 
Website  www.parentscentre.org.nz 
Teachers  1 Ante Natal CBE, 1 Music and Movement (part time) 

Visiting
Specialists 
Guest Speakers, Personal Development Tutor 
Extra Curricular Activities  Music and movement. Singing and moving - birth to 5 years
'Toddler Time' - 2 to 5 years.
Special Interests
Adult education and personal development courses including antenatal classes, baby and child nutrition,'Tinies to Tots', 'Moving and Munching', 'Baby and You'.
Mission
Statement
"Positive birth experiences and informed parenting in a community where parents are supported and highly valued in their role".
Distance from Otorohanga  In the Otorohanga township, opposite the Otorohanga swimming pools.


Otorohanga Playcentre

40 Te Kawa Street, Otorohanga


Phone  07 873 7930 
Email kcpasec@xtra.co.nz
Roll  45
Entry Age  0 to school age
Hours
Monday & Wednesday 9:30am - 12noon
Big Kids (children 3+) Friday 9:30am - 12 noon. (This session provides a step between playcentre and primary school.)  Everyone is welcome at playcentre; it's a great place to be, an excellent opportunity for our children and families.
Mission
Statement
"The Playcentre environment allows children to learn through free play. It is an opportunity for parents to up-skill themselves to ensure playcentre is a place of opportunities for children, parents and whanau as a whole".
Distance from Otorohanga  In the Otorohanga township.

Primary Schools (5-12 years)

Arohena Primary School

40 Pukewhau Road, RD7, Te Awamutu


Phone  07 872 4526
Email admin@arohena.school.nz 
Roll 34 students
Teachers 2.6
Teacher Aides 1
Special
Programmes
Music instructor, Kapa Haka teacher 
Visiting Specialists RTLB Literacy
Other
The school has a swimming pool, which is used by the community. 
Arohena School has its own BMX track and has 'Wednesday Wheels Day'.
Extra Curricular Activities  School Garden, Arohena Trail Ride, Stock Evening 
Mission
Statement 
"We strive to provide excellence in all aspects of education".
Distance from Otorohanga  60km 


Hauturu Primary School

614 Harbour Road, Hauturu, RD2, Oparau


Phone  07 871 0627
Email office@hauturu.school.nz
Roll 55 students

 


Kawhia Primary School 

318 Rosamond Terrace, PO Box 28, Kawhia


Phone  07 871 0725 
Email office@kawhia.school.nz 
Website www.kawhia.school.nz 
Roll 44 students
Teachers  2 full time
Teacher Aides 2+
Visiting Specialists RTLB (Resource Teacher of Learning Behaviour)
Mission
Statement
"We will provide a quality education for all students in an environment that is positive, caring and safe".
Distance from Otorohanga 57km


Kio Kio School

1701 State Highway 3, RD4, Otorohanga


Phone  07 873 1816 
Email admin@kiokio.school.nz
Roll  122 students
Teachers 6 full time 
Other Staff 5 Teacher Aides, 1 Libarian 
Visiting Specialists
Special
Programmes
Reading Recovery, Rainbow Reading 
Extra Curricular Activities Business Programme, PREP - Primary Enterprise Programme
Mission
Statement
"Kio Kio School will provide students with positive, safe and secure learning environment where every child is given maximum opportunity to excel".
Distance from Otorohanga 8 kms north of Otorohanga
Bus Routes 2


Korakonui Primary School

734 Wharepuhunga Road, RD3, Te Awamutu


Phone 07 872 2762
Email office@korakonui.school.nz
Roll 190 students
Teachers 7
Teacher Aides 2
Visiting
Specialists
Music, Kapa Haka
Mission
Statement
"Learning for Life"
Distance from Otorohanga 15 minute drive
Bus Routes 2


Maihiihi Primary School

Maihiihi Road, RD2, Otorohanga


Phone  07 873 2887 
Email maihiihi.school@watchdog.co.nz
Roll 62 students
Teachers 3
Teacher Aides 2
Visiting
Specialists
As the need arises e.g. Literacy, RTLB, music, art, sport etc.
Extra Curricular Activities Agricultural Day Combined Otorohanga Event (COPs) Challenge competitions. Extension programmes, computer suite, community library/research centre.
Special Interests
Skills based learning. Emphasis on the key competencies & values. Literacy Programme, Numeracy Project. Skill-based sports, 'Jolly Phonics', Reading Recovery.
Mission
Statement
“We will teach and encourage young people to be confident, actively involved, life long learners.”
Distance from Otorohanga
20km
Bus Routes 2


Ngutunui Enviro School

400 Ngutunui Road, RD6, Te Awamutu


Phone  07 871 9426  
Email office@ngutunui.school.nz
Roll 40 students
Teachers 2
Teacher Aides 2
Visiting
Specialists
Resource Teacher of Literacy, Resource Teacher of Learning Behaviour
Extra Curricular Activities

Project Energize, Inter-School Sporting Events, Agricultural Day, School Camp and trips, weekly Te Reo classes, weekly 'Bible in Schools' classes, Enviro-School focus, weekly German classes for year 4-8 students.
Special Interests

Environmental Education. We are committed to providing high quality education with a focus on sustainability and environmental issues. We recycle our rubbish and have composting and worm farming. Other features of the school include native planting and restoration projects, a butterfly garden, environmentally themed murals, an edible organic vegetable garden, bird bath, mosaic tiles and community recycling centre.


Mission
Statement
“A place where people and nature are nurtured and the whole school environment is a learning resource” .
Distance from Otorohanga 15 minute drive
Bus Routes School bus available
Other

Ngutunui Play Group meets every Tuesday at 9am – 12noon in the school hall. Everyone is most welcome to attend with their pre-schoolers.


Otewa School

916 Otewa Road, RD5, Otorohanga


Phone  07 873 0859
Email office@otewa.school.nz
Roll 52 students
Teachers 4 full time, 1 part time
Teacher Aides 3
Visiting Specialists Literacy, Music, RTLB, Sport
Extra Curricular Activities Agricultural Day Combined Otorohanga Event (COPs) Challenge competitions. Extension programmes, computer suite.
Mission
Statement
"To be confidfent, independent and learned communicators throughout life".
Distance from Otorohanga
10 km (10 minute drive)
Bus Routes 2


Otorohanga Primary School

95 Phillips Avenue, PO Box 137, Otorohanga


Phone 07 837 7334
Email office@oto.school.nz
Roll 50 students
Teachers 2
Specialists RTLB based at the school
Extra Curricular Activities Sports / Interest Groups / Special Needs Programme.
Special Interests ICT student support / welfare. Literacy. Outdoor Education. Allan Duff's ‘Books in Homes’ programme. Fruit in schools. Links to Community.
Mission
Statement

“Ko koe ki tena

Ko au ki tenei

Kiwai o te kete

 

You hold this handle

And I’ll hold this handle

And together we will carry the kete”

Distance from Otorohanga Within the Otorohanga community
Bus Routes 1
Other

Parent Drop in Centre with free access to laptops with free wifi.


Otorohanga South School

2 Rangipare Street, Otorohanga


Phone 07 873 8530
Reading relaxation at South School library
Reading relaxation at South School library
Email admin@otosouth.school.nz
Roll 360 students
Teachers 18 full time, 4 part time
Teacher Aides 10
Visiting Specialists SAAR Teacher, Special Needs Teacher
Extra Curricular Activities Large number of sports teams. Goal-based learning programmes, large hall offers after-school activities. 
Special Interests
Special Needs Programmes and a Special Unit for ORRS children. We have a computer suite for technology as well as woodwork, metal work, sewing and cooking. A strong leadership development opportunity exists for year 8s as part of the active student council. 
Mission
Statement
"To provide a complete education where students are encouraged to become and remain lifelong learners".
Distance from Otorohanga Within the Otorohanga community
Bus Routes


St. Mary's Catholic School

38 Hinewai Street, Otorohanga


Phone  07 873 8801
Pet Day at St Marys School Otorohanga
Pet Day at St Marys School Otorohanga
Email stmary-oto@xtra.co.nz
Roll 34 students
Teachers 2 full time, 1 part time
Teacher Aides 1
Visiting Specialists
SAAR Teacher, Special Needs Teacher, RT Literacy, RT Learning Behaviour, Te Reo / Kapa Haka teacher, private music instruction.
Extra Curricular Activities
Annual class camps, access to Otorohanga Community Pools (opposite school) and professional swimming, participation in community activities e.g. Christmas Parade, Otorohanga Dance Company, term visits to Beattie Home, promoting 'Catholic Schools Day'.
Special Interest
Teachers working with Waikato University and Educational Leadership team.  Weekly Transition Programme with preschool partner. Community Links for Passion Projects.                                                                
Uniform Summer and winter uniform
Mission
Statement
“Grow in grace and knowledge in Christ Jesus”.
Distance from Otorohanga Within the Otorohanga community
Bus Routes Waitomo, Hangitiki, Honikiwi, Pirongia Road and local area
Other Close affiliation with local schools and other Catholic Schools.

Secondary / High School / College (13-17 years)

Otorohanga College

Bledisloe Avenue, PO Box 115, Otorohanga


Phone  07 873 8029
Email administration@otocoll.school.nz
Website www.otocoll.school.nz
Roll 375 students
Teachers 27 full time, 3 part time
Teacher Aides 3
Visiting Specialist RTLB Literacy
Extra Curricular Activities All sporting and cultural activities
Uniform Uniform for years 9 - 12
Mission
Statement
"We strive to provide excellence in all aspects of education".
Distance from Otorohanga In the township 

TUTORS

Kip McGrath Education Centre

15 Tuhoro Street, Otorohanga


Phone  07 873 7574 or 022 045 4892 
Website www.kipmcgrath.co.nz
Programmes  After-school tuition in Language and Maths

 


TERTIARY EDUCATION

Wintec Otorohanga Trades Training Centre

10 Lawrence Street, Otorohanga

 

Mobile: 027 272 3273

 

Email: ray@comettraining.co.nz

 

Programmes:  Engineering/Automotive Trades Level 2.

 


Wintec Regional Centre

128 - 130 Maniapoto Street, PO Box 157, Otorohanga


Phone 07 873 6158 
Email otorohanga@wintec.ac.nz
Website www.wintec.ac.nz/regional
Courses:
Full or part time: [New Zealand Qualifications Authority] Business, Basic Computing (FREE) Business Computing (Level 3 & 4) Smart Start & Fast Track (FREE) Certificate in Horticulture Level 2 & Level 4.
Plus:
Online Programmes: Liquor Licensing, National Certificate in Computing Level 3 (FREE)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Apprentice Support:

Ray Haley

027 272 3273

Continuing Education:

Jan Longden 

07 873 7221 

Parent Education Group: 

07 873 7389

Parents as First Teachers: 

07 873 8082

 

(Early Childhood Development Programme 0 - 3 years, 5 days a week. Based in Otorohanga Plunket Rooms)