Taumarunui High School

Taumarunui High School has a proud tradition of welcoming international students from across the globe to our school, and supports every student to feel like they belong in our wonderful part of the world. Our town is centrally positioned between Auckland and Wellington in the Heart of New Zealand’s North Island. Taumarunui is located near the foot of Mount Ruapehu and at the convergence of the Whanganui and Ongarue rivers. Our school is steeped in tradition and opportunity, and we offer a high quality education in a caring, friendly

As a school we believe that grasping the opportunities and the facing the challenges that the future brings will suit those who are creative, optimistic and collaborative. Our students will be the leaders, pioneers and determiners of their own destiny!
Learning transcends the boundaries of subjects as much at school as it does in life. We focus on students as learners, not just learners of subjects.
Cross curricular , Integrated, experiential learning puts our learners in the best position to grasp the opportunities and face the challenges that the future will provide.

We have fantastic school grounds, facilities and open areas where our students can relax and socialise. Our classrooms and buildings are regularly upgraded and have high quality equipment to aid learning and teaching and our teachers are passionate and committed.

We believe the people who will be successful in the future are those who are adaptable, who thrive on challenge, who have a strong sense of personal values, and who continue to improve themselves throughout their lives.

Our teaching and learning programmes focus on a range of learning opportunities that meet the needs of our students. We aim to produce young adults who are confident, who are connected to their communities, who strive for excellence and develop the skills to become lifelong learners.

You are invited you to become part of a school community that will support you to face the 21st Century with confidence and assurance.

Senior School

Our senior school has pathways to cater for the needs of a wide range of students. In Year 11 to 13 students can choose any of the following pathways based on their interests and aspirations;

  • Academic Pathway – Full Academic programme with 6 subjects.
  • Trades Academy – Building & Construction, Tourism & Hospitality or Farming
  • Dual Pathway – This allows students to combine either an Academic or a Trades Academy Programme with Outdoor Education or Performing Arts.

All courses lead to a formal NCEA Qualification.

Outdoor Education Programme

Being in the heart of the North Island, means we have the mountains, rivers and lakes on our doorstep and our outdoor programme takes full advantage of the local environment. Activites include;

  • Kayaking
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • ¬†Tramping
  • Mountain Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Camping
  • Bouldering
  • Bush-craft
  • Orienteering
  • Hunting

Junior School

In year 9 and 10 all students are involved in an integrated learning programme based on their choice of Academy. The integrated learning approach includes a balanced curriculum of the eight learning areas of the NZC with a particular student interest (Academy) flavor.

The Academies are;

  • Academic
  • Bush-craft & Conservation
  • Performing Arts
  • Sports
  • Te Kakeno
  • Trades & Life-skills

International Student Costs 2013


Home stay @ $195p/w

Outdoor Ed Academy



One Term $6200 $2,145.00 (11wk) $500.00 $140.00
Two Terms $9300 $4,485.00 (23wk) $700.00 $230.00
Three Terms $12400 $6,825.00 (35wk) $1,000.00 $320.00
Four Terms $15500 $8,775.00 (45wk) $1,200.00 $450.00

** All fees will be subject to confirmation at the time of applying to allow for adjustments in insurance and OE fees.

International students will find living in our town is more economical when compared to the cities. There are many wonderful outdoor activities to participate in right on our doorstep such as skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, bushwalking and kayaking.

Taumarunui High School provides a great experience for International Students. They can enjoy a New Zealand lifestyle, learn English with full support and reach their full academic potential, achieving internationally recognized qualifications. As well they can enjoy full participation in the many activities offered at Taumarunui High School.