Established In

Year 9-15

State Coeducational, secondary

Welcome from the Principal

He mihi nui kia koutou katoa.

Welcome to Ōtorohanga College.

We are proud of the incredible range of opportunities provided for our students and of the calibre of young men and women these students become over their time with us.

An education at Ōtorohanga College focuses on ensuring academic success for every student based on their potential, their aspirations and their needs. We focus on resilience, strength of character, a sense of values and a love of learning to ensure our students are the best they can be.

At approximately 300 students, our size allows us to provide a range of opportunities that compares well with larger schools and yet allows us to meet the needs of every single student, so that no one ‘falls between the cracks’.

Our rich and diverse range of opportunities in the Arts, in Sport, Science and Technology, ensures the well-rounded individual we strive to develop, is a reality. We are fortunate that our location in the thriving town of Ōtorohanga, within the beautiful King Country region, allows us to make the most of the historical and geographic riches that this region is famous for.

We welcome your interest in our school and would love the opportunity to share with you all the elements that make Ōtorohanga such an outstanding educational organisation.

Acting Principal

Lyndsay Kurth

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Welcome from the Student Leaders

Kia Ora.  My name is Rawiri Taane-Edwards and I am the Head Boy of Otorohanga College for 2021. I have lived in Waitomo my whole life where I attended Waitomo Caves School from Year 1 to Year 8 and have attended Otorohanga College ever since. I enjoy playing basketball which is a passion of mine. I am honoured to be a part of the College’s Student

Leadership team for 2021 and I hope to inspire more students to put their names forward and fulfill my duties as Head Boy. I am thankful for the support of my parents and I hope to lead by example and give back to my school and my community.


Kia Ora, Ko Emily O’Reilly toku ingoa. I am the Head Girl of Otorohanga College for 2021. I have called Otorohanga home since 2016, attended this College since 2017 and previously went to Korakonui School. I am privileged to represent the kura and uphold our school motto “Honour before Honours''. We are very family oriented here and have a healthy environment where we value and support each other always. Over the years, Otorohanga College has provided me with a multitude of leadership opportunities that have developed my skills, grown my confidence, and encouraged me to strive to achieve my best in all aspects of my life. I respect and care deeply about all of the students and staff here and now, as a leader, I can contribute to the direction that the College is heading in, especially if challenges due to covid arise. I strive to lead by example and I hope I can leave a positive impact on this College and wider community.


Otorohanga College takes pride in our on-going sportsmanship and competitiveness when it comes to our four Houses: Hotson, Brown, Eveleigh, and Kedgely. Each of our houses are appointed one Year 13 leader each that strives to lead their own House to victory by winning the Inter House Competition Cup at the end of the year.


Our Motto

‘Ko te mana mo mua I te whakamana’ ‘Honour Before Honours’

The learner profile emphasises honouring:

  • Others; by demonstrating manaaki (care) and aroha (nurturing).

  • The environment; by active care of the natural and learning environments.

  • Yourself, by remembering where you came from, in pursuit of excellence, with determination and resilience.

Our Values

Honour Others

Me whaimana te iwi.

Honour Your Environment

Me whaimana te taiao.

Honour Yourself

Me whaimana te tangata.

Our Purpose

To value all students, enhancing their academic potential, self-esteem, sense of responsibility and belonging.

Our Vision

Empowering Learners To Succeed

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Check out our curriculum

Our national curriculum set the direction for student learning and provide guidance for our teachers as they design and review their teaching technique.

Get to Know Us

We are a group of highly qualified professionals that provide valuable education and learning services to our young generation.


Have a close look at our facilities

Hostel - The Ōtorohanga College Hostel, Falloon House, Home away from Home, Kāinga rua was established in 1975. It caters for boys and girls from outlying areas including Benneydaleand the coastal areas of Kawhia, Tahaaroa, Kinohaku and Marokopa.

Gymnasium - The College Gymnasium is not only used by the College, but also by a range of other sporting groups in the Community.

The sports we play and support

The College offers a wide variety of sporting activities designed to involve and challenge all our students. These activities support the concept of a broad education that the College seeks to provide. Sport in any form is of huge benefit to students mentally, socially and physically.

We participate KC events WSS sanctioned events, regional events, and NZ secondary schools events

Parents stay connected

Use our Parent Portal to see financial contributions, student results and tracking, student information.