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Taupo-nui-a-Tia College




Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is proud to offer you a very personal International student program. Our students are well known and supported in such a way that they feel a sense of belonging to the college community. We believe in making their college experience safe and enjoyable to ensure an environment where students are able to reach their full potential.

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College offers you a combination of two very important things in life

1. The excellent academic standard of the school, with highly qualified staff and well equipped classroom facilities. Our students achieve national success, not only academically, but also in many sports and cultural activities

2. The superb and safe environment of a reasonably small town (36,000) in the middle of paradise. With the crystal clear fresh water lake, surrounded by native bush with the best mountain bike tracks and only an hour away from Tongariro National Park, with the unique hiking possibilities and the biggest ski fields in the country, Taupo is a unique destination to live.


More about Taupo-nui-a-Tia College

There are many different activities available through the school covering a range of 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.

What makes us unique?

Taupo-nui-a-Tia is very proud to have one of the best equipped Technology blocks in our region, with a great range of possibilities to develop technology skills. We offer Design and visual communication, photography, textile design, painting and arts, metal, wood, digital technology, hospitality and food and nutrition in classrooms that are up to a very high standard. Our DVC department is supported by several 3-D printers. 

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is proud of its long tradition of academic success, with our top students being amongst the best in New Zealand.  Our students consistently perform well above national averages making us one of the top schools in the central North Island.

Our Outdoor education department is a thriving team, never too tired to take foreign students out for a personal adventure and introduce them to the outdoor life style. The department has got their own mountain bikes, kayaks and hike equipment to cater for classes up to 28 to go on an adventure.

For students with English as second language we have the support of well qualified ESOL department. We are also able to support any students looking to sit the IELTS exam.

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is a top sporting college; renowned both locally and nationally as a nurturing ground for fine young sportspeople. We offer more than 30 different sports to join, either socially or competitively. Our school participates in most sports in the secondary school competition tournaments. The school events we have are school athletics day, cross country and swimming sports

Drama is a popular choice by many students. Our thriving department provides students with the opportunities through school productions, drama festivals, and national competitions.

Once a year, before the end of term two, the school organises Spirit Week. For many students this is the highlight of the school year. It includes action packed activities, crazy fun, and competitions to celebrate being part of a positive school community.

In the autumn holidays, our school organises a surf camp in Whangamata, mainly for our International Department

Our Outdoor Education department includes the following: Mountain Biking, Skiing, Tramping, Kayaking, Rock Climbing and Surfing.

Languages we teach, English, Maori, French, Japanese and Spanish

Subject options we offer: Design and visual communication, Enterprise studies, Environmental action ( year 12), Health, Classical studies, Music media, and technology ( year 11), Enhanced performance dance, Sport and Outdoor education, Tourism, Outdoor education and leadership (year 13), Photography, Media studies ( year 13).

For our International Students that dont sit NCEA, we offer a five week programe.  It includes things such as a Hobbiton visit, cultural day, surf camp, tramping the Tongariro Crossing, a community week.



Contact details


Taupo-nui-a-Tia College
122 Spa Road
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Phone number

+64 07 376 1100
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