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Taupo-nui-a-Tia College

Secondary (Years 9-13, approx age 13-17)

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College has an excellent academic standard.   Our students achieve national success not only academically but also in many sport and cultural activities.

The campus is set in landscaped grounds with well-equipped classrooms facilities.

Taupo is located in the centre of the North Island on the shores of the largest freshwater lake in the Southern Hemisphere and within a one hour drive of a major ski field and other excellent recreational resources.   It is safe, beautiful and a tourist destination for national and international visitors.  Taupo is less than an hour by aeroplane from Auckland and Wellington.

Further information is available on: www.laketauponz.com

Contact Taupo-nui-a-Tia College
Physical address

Spa Road
3330 Taupo
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Phone numbers

07 376 1100

  • Number of students: 1000
  • Number of international students: 10
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available


School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Banking facilities on campus
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus


  • Homestay

There are many different activities available through the school including sporting and cultural interests.

We encourage students to participate in all aspects of school life.

International students are welcomed and are seen to be a positive asset in the school.

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A strong pastoral care network exists in the College with dedicated staff responsible for the welfare of International students.

The beautiful Lake Taupo is about the size of Singapore – more of an inland sea really.

It was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China. Visit the Craters of the Moon and you'll see evidence of the lake's fiery birth in the geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. At some of Lake Taupo's beaches, swimmers and paddlers can enjoy warm, geothermal water currents.

Just north of Lake Taupo you'll find New Zealand's most visited attraction, the magnificent Huka Falls, where more than 220,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff face every second.

Taupo is a great lake for water-skiing, sailing and kayaking. The Māori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be seen from the water, make for a great boat trip or kayaking excursion. The forests surrounding the lake offer hiking and mountain biking to suit all levels of experience.

But what Taupo is really known for is fishing. The town of Turangi has the largest natural trout fishery in the world; this is the place to cast a line and look for the big one. Turangi also happens to provide a convenient base for exploring Tongariro National Park, whether it be walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (New Zealand's most popular day walk) or skiing at Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields.

Great Lake Taupo is centrally located in the middle of the North Island, approximately 3 1/2 hours drive from Auckland and 4 1/2 hours drive from Wellington. There's a genuinely friendly culture here and plenty of accommodation – so why not stay awhile?
Main centres: 



Mangakino, Turangi

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
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