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Bay of Plenty education

From early childhood education to schooling, tertiary education and beyond, good quality facilities are widely available in the region.

If your children are New Zealand residents, permanent residents or citizens (this includes Tokelauans, Cook Islanders and Niueans), or they hold a student visa based on your temporary work visa, they can attend primary and secondary schools as domestic students. If they do not have any of these, check to see what visas they need.

Check what visa your child needs | Ministry of Education

The school system in New Zealand

Early childhood education

There are over 380 options for early childhood education in the Bay of Plenty region.

There are many different types of early childhood services.  A key difference between these services is how much involvement they expect of the child's parents and family. The main types of early childhood education services are described on the Education Review Office website.

Early childhood education providers are listed on the Education Counts website.  For more information about kindergartens in the Bay of Plenty, visit the Tauranga Kindergarten Association

ECE providers in the region | Education Counts

Kindergartens in the region | Tauranga Kindergarten Association

Types of early childhood education services | Education Review Office


Playgroups are informal sessions where caregivers and children aged 0-5 meet together in a relaxed environment. In a playgroup, parents and caregivers stay to interact with the other adults and to play with the children.

Playgroups are usually set up and run by parents and caregivers, with children choosing from a range of activities. Activities at playgroup are either free or low cost, and may include music and singing, imaginative play, outdoor and free play, or arts and crafts.

Playgroups in the Bay of Plenty region | Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB)

Find a school

Visit the Education Counts website for information about schools in the Bay of Plenty region. You can search this website for single sex or co-educational schools and boarding schools in the region. You can also search to see which schools are in your enrolment zone. Note that not all schools have enrolment zones.

Information is provided on student population and attainment for each school, as well as decile rating, website and street address as well as a link to their Education review office report.

More information on the types of schooling available in New Zealand and what qualifications are offered there can be found on the School System page.

Find schools in the Bay of Plenty region | Education Counts

The school system

Tertiary education

Tertiary education in the Bay of Plenty region is provided by the University of Waikato at Tauranga, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga and Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. There are also two Wānanga providers in this region.

University of Waikato at Tauranga

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga

Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Tertiary courses in the Bay of Plenty Region |

Adult Community Education

There are several options for community education in Bay of Plenty.

In Tauranga, adult and community education classes are held in thirteen locations,  including three high schools the Chinese Community School at Tauranga Girls' College.

The Localist database has information about classes available in the Bay of Plenty region.

Bay Of Plenty Community Education | Let's learn

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