Ōtaki College's cultural philosophy embraces excellence, diversity and inclusiveness. Students at Ōtaki College are encouraged to “give it a go” and can choose from a wide range of cultural pursuits which broaden and extend their curriculum learning.

Some of the cultural pursuits available include: Kapa Haka, Ngā Manu Kōrero speech competitions (at regional and national level), Artsplash Choir, Dance Workshops, Variety concerts, talent quests and school productions, Shakespeare in Schools productions (which have led to our students performing at many National Festivals and on stage at the Globe Theatre London), National writing workshops, festivals and quizzes, and National success in the Smokefree Rockquest and Pacifica Beats competitions.