Welcome to Wairakei Primary School

A friendly, supportive inclusive rural Taupō community school for year 1-6 children.

Our educational mission is simple, yet significant—Wairakei Primary School works in partnership with our community to grow our children into confident lifelong learners.

Your child will learn in a supportive caring community environment. They'll be actively encouraged to innovate without apprehension, so they can achieve significant success, rewarding them with power and confidence for lifelong learning. 

We'd be delighted that you join us.




Please note: Wairakei Primary School is governed by a Ministry of Education established enrolment scheme (zoned). Please refer to the documents for a full written description.

2021 Term Dates:

  • Term 1  February 3, 2021 to April 16, 2021
  • Term 2 May 3, 2021 to July 9, 2021
  • Term 3 July 26, 2021 to October 1, 2021
  • Term 4 October 18, 2021 to December 15, 2021


Wow! Two years in a row! Wairakei Primary School makes it into "Top 10 New Zealand Blogs" for 2020

"Teachers and support staff write blogs. Students can also contribute their own voice or write a blog. Over the years the blogs have progressed from simple samples of learning to engaging and informative blogs that are tracked across the world by our family and other teaching professions."

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From insightful commentaries on New Zealand’s education policy to lovely classroom blogs showcasing students’ and teachers’ incredible work inside the classroom, there is so much to praise about the New Zealand blogging community.

This lovely state primary school just north of Taupō and close to the Waikato River offers brilliant schooling in a beautiful location - two things which come across strongly within their education blog.

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Wairakei Primary School makes it into 'Top 10 Education Trends for 2019', Core Education publication.

Ten Trends group had been searching our website for a while and used our 'Modern learning' link to share with schools both nationally and internationally. You can check us out on this link. It is a big thing to be acknowledged for the work our teachers do in the classrooms. It is great to see our students using our concept of 'Learn it Prove it'. It’s such a great concept.

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Latest Posts

13 Team work to describe the robber

Interesting and Energetic

Our inquiry focus is around oral language, vocabulary extension and writing. The Ohaaki team has also integrated a teamwork and cooperative game physical education focus into our inquiry. Read more about 'Interesting and Energetic'...


English, Health and Physical Education;

3 days ago

Sara Sprague


Assembly Leaders in Many Ways

All teachers endeavour to use te Reo within their classroom programmes as much as they are personally able to do. Read more about 'Assembly Leaders in Many Ways'...

Te Huka;

Learning Languages, Participating and Communicating;

3 days ago

Leanne Jackson and Māori Team

Who is where

This way, that way, which way next?

Marking out a grid on the floor of the classroom never struck me as being such a powerful learning tool as it turns out it really is.The grid was 6x6... Read more about 'This way, that way, which way next?'...


Mathematics, English, Thinking, Using Language Symbols and Text, Participating and Communicating;

3 days ago

Carla Ross

Upcoming Events


Full School Assembly

14 June 2021 - 14 June 2021


Steaming Into School Week 7

16 June 2021 - 16 June 2021


PTA Disco

16 June 2021 - 18 June 2021


Board Meeting

17 June 2021 - 17 June 2021