About Us

Proud history as 'Geothermal' school for northern Taupō catchment


A quiet rural school nestled in Wairakei village. Easily accessible at the junction of state highway's 1 & 5 and the Eastern Transit route, less than 10 minute drive North of Taupō.

Wairakei Primary school community includes families living within the northern Taupō regions, in the village, on lifestyle blocks and farms, additionally encompassing areas within closer proximity to the central Taupo northern boundary of Kinloch. The community is proud of its long history as a Geothermal school established in 1959, and today this still shapes its essential character. Several generations of local families have attended and currently do attend Wairakei Primary School, enjoying its wonderful and rich history for delivering an excellent education. We look forward to providing this quality education to all new and established families into the future.

New Entrant to Year 6, Wairakei Primary School is a co-educational State-funded contributing primary school

Catering for children drawn from the surrounding areas north of the Taupo control bridge. Wairakei Primary School is located in a small geothermal village of 150 houses in close proximity (8 kilometres) to the larger town of Taupō. The school opened in 1959. The "rural" school roll is increasing and drawing from farming, professional and lifestyle families. With a current school makeup approximately 80% Caucasian and 20% Maori from both urban and rural communities.

Our children not only settled in well within the first few weeks, they have gone on to excel. Our eldest child only spent one year at Wairakei Primary School before moving onto Intermediate but this was the best preparation we could have asked for. Wairakei Primary School has a great family atmosphere; the teachers are very welcoming, encouraging parent interaction. - Steve and Tracy Lynch


The grounds encompass large playing fields, a unique gully playground, hard court areas and two adventure playgrounds maintained by our parents. The environment is developing through enviro-schools projects with a maze, native plants, vegetable garden and gardens of themes and the latest addition our new aquaponics garden. The 'elephant houses' provide shelter from the sun, rain and wind. The local play-centre is located within the school grounds where mutual benefits accrue for the school and Play-centre Association.


The school comprises mainstream classes, providing high-quality education for your children. Excellence in the academic, cultural and sporting arenas is actively promoted. Our learning programmes are ably assisted by a dedicated and highly-trained experienced staff and support personnel. The school has a high profile in the local and extended community. Parents are actively involved in classroom programmes, school functions, sports fixtures and social activities. There is a high level of co-operation, with parents willing to offer assistance and expertise. The school has an active PTA that supports the school with additional resources. The Board of Trustees focuses on developing a shared school vision through consultation meetings and parent surveys.