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.


2021 Tree for Every Child photos available here



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."

Read more here

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.

Read more here

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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Reflection and Symmetry Name Critters

The creativity behind turning names into bugs and aliens is always a laugh and gets the students thinking about the shapes that they can use. Read more about 'Reflection and Symmetry Name Critters'...


Mathematics, The Arts;

5 days ago

Carla Ross

03 Farquhar 2021 Sabbatical.

Sabbatical Sojourn

The topic that got my application over the line was developing ‘Networks of Expertise’ within the Teaching Profession. Read more about 'Sabbatical Sojourn'...


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Paula Farquhar

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Tabloid Sports Day 2021

Wairakei Primary School had a Tabloid Sport Day. Students were divided into their wharenui nga tae groups and the Manukura took a lead role in the afternoon. Read more about 'Tabloid Sports Day 2021'...


Health and Physical Education, Relating to Others, Participating and Contributing;

12 days ago

Paul Morehu

Upcoming Events


Wallaby Talks

4 August 2021 - 4 August 2021


Scholastic Book Fair

11 August 2021 - 13 August 2021


Public Health Session

11 August 2021 - 11 August 2021


Steaming into School Week 3

11 August 2021 - 11 August 2021