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.


Traci Liddall

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Welcome from the Student Leader

As Head Boy and Head Girl we are responsible for co-leading the Student Council, representing the students of the College at public events, welcoming parents during school events, student event management such as the school ball, encouraging the wellbeing of our students and co-hosting school assemblies and prizegivings.

“The things we have enjoyed the most about College life are playing in sports teams that have a cross section of age groups across the school, sport exchanges, school production and the friendships we have made over the years. Being a smaller school, we have also enjoyed getting to know the teachers and appreciating the effort they put in to ensure we are getting the most out of our learning.

The advice we have for future students of the school is to join a sports team or get involved in things where you can meet a range of different people from the school. Don't be afraid to be yourself as there will be several other people with similar interests, so get involved and give everything a go”.

Student Leader

Erin Hunt


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

An innovative and inclusive educational community which enables and encourages all students to be lifelong learners who enjoy exploring and positively contributing to an ever-changing world. To empower our students to lead rewarding, culturally rich and fulfilling lives as fully active, independent and caring members of society in Aotearoa / New Zealand.

Get the latest news and updates

This is where you will find all the latest news regarding our College.

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.