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South Pacific Bible College (SPBC)

Private Training Establishment

Situated within the well-named Bay of Plenty region, SPBC is a theological college started by the Otumoetai Church of Christ, Tauranga, in 1982. We aim to equip our graduates with the tools and experiences necessary to prepare them for ministry, further study, or Christian living in general.

Our programs, the two-year Diploma of Advanced Biblical Studies and the single year Diploma in Christian Ministry, are taught by missionaries, church workers, and Professors from across Asia Pacific and North America. Our diplomas are practical and focused upon reading, understanding, and applying the Bible into a world that desperately needs to see God's power.

We would love for you to be part of our growing body of Christian brothers and sisters scattered across the world doing the good work!

Contact South Pacific Bible College (SPBC)
Physical address

201 Otumoetai Road, Otumoetai
3110 Tauranga
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Phone numbers

07 576 9091

  • Number of students: 20
  • Number of international students: 18
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • Diploma

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Accommodation advisory service
  • Career guidance
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services


  • Homestay
  • Onsite apartments

Religious Clubs

  • Church of Christ

Many visitors have been surprised by our spacious and welcoming facilities. With two major lecture halls, expansive library, three study rooms, large lunch/kitchen area, and multiple bathrooms and offices, we have plenty of space for students, whether international or local. We also organise accommodation for our full-time students, whether they choose to board with an Otumoetai Church of Christ family or in the nearby shared student housing. Whichever the case, we hope to provide our applicants with an opportunity to mingle often with their fellow students and church friends and family.

The Bay of Plenty region is home to spectacular beaches, juicy kiwifruit and picturesque views.

When James Cook arrived in 1769, he anchored off a great bay ‘full of plantations and villages’ that was, he noted ‘a bay of plenty’. The Bay of Plenty, today, is no less a place of plenty. Around Tauranga are hectares of orchards and gardens producing everything from kiwifruit and citrus fruit to avocados. Add to this bounty the local wines and the plentiful fresh seafood and you just know that this is a place where you will dine well.

Mount Maunganui, a short distance from Tauranga, has spectacular beaches which are a magnet for surfers all year round. For the adventurous, there’s skydiving and for those more keen on terra firma, blokarting (small land yachts) will blow the cobwebs away.

Visit White Island – a quick helicopter ride from Whakatane – and you can walk, yes, on an active volcano as it hisses, belches and rumbles. It’s that same geothermal activity that provides the hot pools and spas that you will find in many places where you can relax and let the world slide by. There is plentiful accommodation in the area; everything from bed and breakfasts through to hotels and boutique lodges.
Main centres: 

Tauranga, Whakatane


Katikati, Kawerau, Mount Maunganui, Opotiki, Te Puke, White Island (Whakaari)

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
Education Tauranga is the local student body
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