Tararua College provides an environment which enables students to achieve personal standards of excellence and to reach their full potential.

We are proud of our modern buildings and facilities, which include:

Isobel Checkley Library

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Our primary objective is to encourage reading in an environment that supports the school's teaching and learning programmes. Students can access resources for their recreation reading interests and are provided with the opportunities to develop information skills using a wide range of resources, including information technology.

The Library hours are 8am - 4.30pm, and the facilities provided include:
  • Fiction and non fiction books, which are located on bookshelves around the walls 
  • A variety of magazines, provided by the wider school community 
  • 8 computers for online research 
  • A senior study room 
  • A reading room for tutor reading 
  • Data bases online eg. Epic, INNZ (Index New Zealand) 
  • Encarta National Library requests via the librarian 

Student participation in the Library is encouraged through an active committee of student librarians who participate in the daily running of the library. 

Kelly Beech Rural Education Unit

A 10 hectare property, which includes learning space, woolshed and yards, situated next to the school grounds. It is used for various learning programmes, including rural studies, science and mathematics.

Computing Facilities

The school has an excellent network of up-to-date computers with wireless broadband access to the internet. These computers are used by students for word-processing, research and specific computer courses. For example, a range of specialist software applications are used in design work.

Students are welcome to bring their own browsing devices to school, in order to use them as tools for learning (eg. smartphones and tablets). The school has clear policies about the use of these devices, especially in regard to cyber-safety.

Tararua College is a Google Apps School. This means that all students and staff have email accounts linked to the school. Students are encouraged to collaborate in their learning through the use of tools such as Google Docs, blogs, calendars and email.

Tararua College belongs to a 'cluster' of Wairarapa schools which jointly receive funding to enhance e-learning opportunities for their students.

Performing Arts Complex 

Completed in 2005, this includes a purpose-built drama suite, and a music suite with a large music room and a number of smaller practice studios. The music suite is equipped with a stage, lighting and sound equipment, as well as iMac computers on which students create and record their own music.

Music tuition is provided for string, woodwind, guitar, piano/keyboard and percussion instruments. 

Technology Complex 

A near new 3 million dollar building with state-of-the-art facilities, including purpose built rooms and workshops for: 
  • Computing Visual Art (with photographic dark room and computer suite) 
  • Food and Textiles Technology 
  • Materials Technology (with comprehensive machine shop) 
  • Graphics 

Gymnasium Complex 

The College has a gymnasium with excellent facilities for physical education and a range of indoor sports. This complex also includes a covered swimming pool with convection heating. 

Whare Wananga 

This stand-alone building is the Maori cultural centre of the College and the home of a strong Kapa Haka group. 


The grounds include tennis/netball courts, rugby/soccer/ hockey fields, cricket pitches/training nets, and track and field facilities all within an attractive well-kept, park-like environment. 


This is open to students at interval and lunchtimes, and is stocked with an excellent range of healthy food. 

Personal Property 

All property should be clearly and permanently marked with the student's name. Valuables or money can be handed in to the College office for safe keeping. 

Student lockers are available at a cost of $30 per year (plus a $10 refundable key deposit).