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Tai Poutini Polytechnic

Institute of Technology and Polytechnic

Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) is a government-funded tertiary education institution, offering a wide range of high quality NZQA-approved practical and vocational learning opportunities.

You'll come a long way to study at TPP and we want you to enjoy your New Zealand experience. At TPP we take a people-centred approach to learning. Our tutors are experts in their respective fields, maintain excellent industry connections and are passionate about teaching. Our campus staff and tutors are always available to offer advice and support. We're proud of our record of excellent pastoral care.

TPP's head office and main campus is in Greymouth, MAINZ (Music and Audio) campuses are in Auckland and Christchurch, and the Ski Patrol programme is based in Wanaka.

Contact Tai Poutini Polytechnic
Physical address

73-87 Tainui Street Greymouth
7840 West Coast
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Phone numbers

64 3 769 9400
0800 800 411

  • Number of students: 2500
  • Number of international students: 56
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • Graduate Diploma
  • Diploma
  • Certificate IV
  • Bachelor Degree

School features

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


  • Boarding hostel
The West Coast, or ‘the Coast’ as locals call it, is a wild place of rivers and rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures.

Never more than fifty kilometres wide, in the whole stretch of it down the coast of the South Island there are only 31,000 people. Greymouth is the largest town. It’s good if you’ve got your own transport because this is a long region and there’s a lot to see.

Visit the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. These giant rivers of ice have squeezed down the valleys to just 250 metres above sea level.The pancake rocks and blowholes at Punakaiki are among the West Coast’s most famous sights. 

The West Coast, also, is New Zealand’s only source of greenstone (pounamu) with the boulders being found in the West Coast rivers. In Hokitika and Greymouth you can take a tour and watch the greenstone carvers at work.

Meet the ‘coasters’ as the locals are known and you’ll find a bunch of independent, self-reliant but hugely friendly and hospitable people. Sit down and have a beer with them and they’ll regale you with west coast stories.
Main centres: 

Franz Josef Glacier, Haast, Punakaiki


Fox Glacier, Greymouth, Hokitika, Karamea, Moana - Lake Brunner, Okarito, Reefton, Westport

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
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