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An authentic New Zealand rural experience
- Personalised International Programmes
- Academic Excellence
- Outdoor Education Activities
- Strong Sports and Arts
- Homestays - Rural or City
- Northland Location
Welcome to the International pages of Tauraroa Area School.
We are a co-educational school of 480 students, just out of Whangarei City which is 2 hours north of Auckland.
We are an Area School which means we have students from Years 1 to 13 and we service a wide farming and life-style block district on the outskirts of the city. We have only a few internationals at any one time so we can focus on giving you a personalised international programme, including new Academic Plus options tailored to yours interests.
We are primarily known as an academic school so many families from our region choose us for that reason, busing to the countryside for a focused education. We offer small classes which ensures students get individual attention from teachers. We offer a wide range of subject choices including music, drama, visual art, agricultural studies, hospitality as well as all the usual subjects.
Our school is idealy situated for a range of outdoor activities. We have mountains, forests and beaches nearby. We have clubs where you can participate in a range of activities including kayaking, clay shooting, hiking and cycling as well as a strong Duke of Edinburgh programme which promotes independence, service and adventure and has many trips to the outdoors. Each class level does an outdoor camp and internationals can be involved at multiple levels if they desire. While we don't teach Outdoor Education as a subject, we live it instead!
We have a strong extra-curricular programme with very interesting options like choir, jazz band, Kapa Haka (Maori culture), equestrian, hockey, netball, football and volleyball. Each year teams and bands travel to regional and national competitions.
Most of our families live on farms or life-style blocks, although we do have students who choose to bus out from Whangarei City. School families are keen to offer a place to an international student. Living in Northland means we have easy access to harbours (both coasts), beaches and also walks in the forests. It is common for families to go riding, fishing, swimming, surfing or sailing in the summer. The Northland climate is sub-tropical which means we have very mild winters and warm summers.
If you would like an authentic rural New Zealand experience then please apply now!