Rotorua offers excellent educational opportunities at all levels, with high standards of learning from pre-school through to secondary, tertiary, special needs and beyond.

It is easy for students of all levels to excel within our education system - smaller class sizes and a greater opportunity to access the many extra-curricular activities that come with studying in the unique Rotorua environment. Our schools also provide cultural and sporting pursuits (both during and outside school hours).


Pre school Rotorua

Pre – School Education (0-6 years)

Rotorua has 90 licensed early childhood services in the district providing an early start to the formal education of more than 3,400 Rotorua children annually.

The Education Review Office (ERO) reviews early childhood education services every three years, and publishes an ERO report on each facility. These reports can be reviewed at

Primary School Education (5-11 years)
Rotorua has 13 urban primary schools, and 11 rural primary schools offering easy access to quality primary education throughout the district.

Intermediate School Education (11-13 years)
Rotorua has 3 urban intermediate schools, offering your children access to high class secondary school preparation education.

Secondary School Education (13 plus years)
Rotorua has 6 urban, and 1 rural secondary school, offering easy access to a wide range of high quality curriculum and extra curricular activities.

Foreign student education Rotorua

English as a second language is offered by the city’s five secondary schools.

- Western Heights High School
- John Paul College
- Rotorua Lakes High School
- Rotorua Boys High
- Rotorua Girls High School

These secondary schools along with

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and the  Rotorua English Language Academy have banded together as Education Rotorua, under which they will promote Rotorua as a premier destination for foreign students. The seven have signed a memorandum of agreement in standards of operation and home stay for international students learning English as a second language.

Overseas students who choose to come to Rotorua for English language studies have unlimited choice of where to go for their university studies. It’s a bonus that they are not formally linked to any university. This gives foreign students who’ve come to Rotorua a wide choice for tertiary studies.

Tertiary Education Rotorua

Rotorua has abundant access to high quality tertiary education opportunities through Toi Ohomai Institue of TechnologyTe Wananga O Aotearoa as well as a number of private training organisations such as Animation College Rotorua. The Ministry of Education as well as the Tertiary Education Commission offer support mechanisms to the region.

For one of New Zealand’s top university educational experiences Waikato University is just over an hour drive away, completing the full complement of tertiary education opportunities for the Rotorua District.

All of these institutions offer full, part time, adult education and educational block courses in a wide range of subjects including commerce, industry, health, forestry & wood processing, tourism, arts, Maori culture, as well as a full range of apprenticeship courses.

There are a variety of up skilling and training development providers within the district or nearby that offer on and off site customised or set short and full time programmes to help you keep ahead and constantly perform.


Cadetships and Scholarships in Rotorua

There are a number of opportunities available in Rotorua for scholarships, the following websites are recommended to find out what is available for you:

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