Open Day

Each year we hold an Open Evening for prospective parents and students (of all year levels). This is an opportunity to tour the school and facilities, meet our teachers and discuss our learning programmes.

During the day, we’ll also offered an open day for Years 1-8 and was a day of activities designed to give students a taste of what our school has to offer. This day is designed for students starting at Year 7 or Year 9.

To register your child(ren) for the day, please contact Rita Mansell, P: 09 432 2643 /

Tauraroa Area School caters for students in Years 1 -13 with a well equipped campus and classrooms. Our school is large enough to have the advantages of a range of specialist teachers and facilities, yet small enough to retain the flexibility and pastoral support individual students need.

What we offer:

  • Friendly, welcoming environment
  • Small classes (average of 20 students per class)
  • Beautiful rural environment
  • A good selection of subjects
  • Outdoor education opportunities
  • Music, drama and art
  • Significant leadership opportunities for students
  • Play-based learning at Years 1-2

TAS offers a wide range of sporting activities, including netball, football, cricket, basketball, hockey and clay target shooting. Our students get involved in swimming sports, athletic sports, top waka and cross country. We encourage students to participate in the Northland Area School sports tournaments and sports exchanges with other schools.


Our senior students consistently achieve very high NCEA success rates, with well-above national averages of ‘Merit’ and ‘Excellence’ endorsements. High standards are set and maintained, due to the ongoing efforts of students, the commitment of staff and the support of families. Our rigorous academic courses have allowed students to pursue university degrees in many fields, often supported by scholarships.


Students from Years 12 and 13 have the opportunity to enjoy work experience through the school’s Gateway programme. Working in a range of industries as diverse as IT, farming, law, engineering, pest control and more, students are able to gain NCEA credits and get a taste of what opportunities are available to them beyond school. Feedback from employers is overwhelmingly positive about the work ethic and abilities displayed by Tauraroa students. Trades training, through courses provided in school and with other providers, gives our students multiple options to pursue.


Our school has a range of performing music groups, junior and senior Kapa Haka groups and thriving drama and arts departments. In recent years, the school’s Shakespeare performances have come to national attention, regularly winning awards at the NZ Shakespeare festival. The school’s senior jazz band also plays regularly, with performances scheduled at the Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival in August, along with other public and school gigs.


Each October we celebrate the school’s annual Country Day. This gives students the chance to raise and show calves, lambs and kids. While the focus is on livestock competitions, students also have the opportunity to enter baking, craft and floral events.

We look forward to seeing you at our Open Night. You can find us on the Corner of Omana & Tauraroa Roads in Maungakaramea.

Download the Current Prospectus.