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.




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

2020 VLN 01

Zooming into VLN

For 30 minutes a week, these students connect via Zoom, joining similar-aged students from around New Zealand. Read more about 'Zooming into VLN'...

Learning Languages, The Arts, English, Mathematics, Participating and Contributing, Managing Self, Relating to Others;

108 mins ago

Oliv and Olivia Graham

Using different textures 3

Rainbow Fish

They will be developing practical knowledge by exploring a variety of materials and tools and discover elements and selected principles. Read more about 'Rainbow Fish'...

The Arts;

2 hours ago

Margo Clark

CKProject 1

Floating Classroom

Members of the Māori curriculum team have participated in the Ngati Tuwharetoa Cultural Knowledge Project. This project is to support teachers in obtaining cultural views and stories of Ngati Tuwharetoa. Read more about 'Floating Classroom'...


Social Science;

2 hours ago

Kristy Northcroft , Margo Clark and Miriama Prentice

Upcoming Events


Full School Assembly

27 November 2020 - 27 November 2020


Library Books and Readers due

27 November 2020 - 27 November 2020


Bike Taupo

27 November 2020 - 27 November 2020


EOTC Year 6

2 December 2020 - 3 December 2020