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Tauhara College

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

Tauhara College is a progressive, innovative and high achieving school. We place a very high emphasis on all students developing a positive identity as a successful learner and achieving in a caring, inclusive learning environment. We provide high quality education and care to international students.  Students participate in a wide range of learning, performance, cultural, and sporting activities. The school is located by Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand.  Taupo is known as an adventure playground and one of the most popular places to visit for tourist activities. These include bungee jumping, jet boating, skydiving, kayaking, and white-water rafting.   There are a lot of hiking and mountain biking tracks around Taupo. International students love the exciting city of Taupo, the beautiful landscape of this lake and mountain district, with its many tourist activities and the friendly, welcoming nature of Tauhara College and its community.

Contact Tauhara College
Physical address

Invergarry Road
3330 Taupo
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  • Number of students: 600
  • Number of international students: 10
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • National Standards Testing
  • Certificate

School features

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


  • Homestay

Tauhara College offers a wide variety of subjects.   It is a high achieving school and especially excels in Performing Arts.  Each year the school runs a musical production show. A lot of outdoor education activities such as tramping, bush camps, water skills camp are offered.  The International Department runs activities such as white water-rafting and gives international students many opportunities to visit tourist destinations. We have wonderful host families who treat you as a true member of the family.  

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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