About WaiCol

Wairarapa College, a state, co-educational school, blends tradition with innovation as it seeks to develop the full potential of each student. Set in spacious and beautiful grounds, the College contains a mixture of old and new buildings. It presents an attractive learning environment for students.

Special features of the College include:

  • The College Boarding Hostel (Pōto-College House)
  • Purpose built information technology centre
  • School wide network with internet access
  • A school farm and a strong emphasis on Agriculture and Horticulture
  • The Continuing Education programme running as evening classes
  • The Supported Learning Centre catering for students with intellectual disabilities.

Download the school charter here.

The College has well defined expectations for student achievement on several levels – academic excellence, social and physical development and personal development.

Students are encouraged to achieve to their potential in the full range of New Zealand public awards – New Zealand NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 and Scholarship – with above average rates of success being achieved. To complement these awards, students are given the opportunity to compete in the National Mathematics Competition, the ICAS English and Writing, Mathematics and Science Competitions plus a range of similar competitions in a variety of other subject areas.

Senior students from the College continue to be successful in gaining entry to their preferred University course and hostels

Staff at Wairarapa College have always shown a strong interest in and commitment to extra curricular activities and this has led to a high level of student involvement and participation. The College has, therefore, maintained an excellent reputation in a wide range of cultural and sporting activities.

Core Beliefs

At Wairarapa College we:


  • Learn with Purpose
  • Engage with Pride
  • Act with Respect
  • Dare to Succeed.