Waipahihi School

Updated: Feb 4

International Students...

Waipahihi School is situated at the eastern end of the 'Great Lake Taupo! We welcome international students and offer these students and their parents many opportunities to become involved in school life. Our school is a Primary school for Years 1 to 6, which means it caters for children aged 5 years old through to 11 years old.

If you are considering emigration to live in New Zealand, or if you are moving to Taupo with your family to work and are trying to decide where your children should go to school, please contact us, we are always happy to help with information or arrange a school visit. Our school is increasingly working in partnership with our local high schools (Tauhara College & Taupo-nui-a-Tia College).


About our School

Waipahihi School student roll sits between 470 to 520 students. All international students are fully included in regular classes. We offer a wide range of additional learning opportunities including cultural activities, kapa haka and various sports teams and sporting opportunities. ​ International students are guaranteed pastoral support to ensure they settle quickly and confidently in to their New Zealand school experience. Parents are welcome to visit the school and get involved in school activities.


The education we offer

We offer Primary Education – which means our school developed curriculum reflects the essence of the New Zealand Curriculum framework. Our collaborative teaching and learning environments offer our children a wide range of learning opportunities within a broad and context rich curriculum framework that reflects the uniqueness of our environment and school community. A key part of the learning resource across the school is the provision of both Chrome books and iPads. This allows our teachers and students to use these learning tools appropriately across a range of learning situations.

Class sizes

Junior classes each have approximately 18 to 25 students. Senior classes have approximately 25 to 28 students.


2020 Fees for International students

Fees: (all fees are subject to change and are GST inclusive) Tuition per student $500.00 / week $3000.00 / term $12000.00 / year

Administration per student $850.00 / term $1000.00 / semester $1500.00 / year

Fees for camps, music, sports, stationery and sundries are payable directly to the school if applicable Uniform: No Minimum Enrolment Period: 1 week Entry Criteria: Minimum 5 years old School Roll: 450 ESOL: ESOL Teacher Aide support $45.00/hour if required

Homestay fees (if requested and available)$285 per week per student with a one off $100 admin fee per student


Useful links

Resources to help education providers, immigration advisers, agencies and professionals bring migrants to New Zealand.  https://www.immigration.govt.nz/assist-migrants-and-students

Your place for information on life as an international student in New Zealand. https://naumainz.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz/

Helping international students resolve complaints with their education provider. https://www.istudent.org.nz/


​More information for international students

We welcome enquires and visits from parents considering sending their child to our school. If you would like to know more about studying in New Zealand at Waipahihi School, please contact our office: accounts@waipahihi.school.nz

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