What we offer ...

Inclusive Academic Programmes

International students not only have the opportunity to improve their English language skills, but many achieve to a high level in New Zealand’s academic qualifications framework. In recent years two Internationals students, Brian Van from Vietnam and Maurice Parthier from Germany, have attained the Ōtaki College top scholar award (Dux), while Asahi Koizumi from Japan was placed second in his year (Proxime Accessit).

In addition to being top scholar in 2019, Brian Van attained scholarship calculus and was selected as a recipient for the Academic Excellence Award at the annual Wellington International Students’ ceremony at the end of the year.

Students needing additional language assistance can participate in English Language Enrichment classes where they are expected read, write and speak in public

Outdoor Education Programmes

Outdoor Education is a special feature of the College. Full-time qualified outdoor instructors are employed to run exciting, engaging programmes at all levels, from a core programme at Year 10 through to options at senior levels.

Activities utilise the wonderful environment in the Ōtaki region:- bush, rivers, mountains, beach and parks. Overnight trips also take students to locations further afield.

Activities include:

White water kayaking

Rock climbing


Challenge ropes course

Mountain biking

River safety

Alpine skills including sleeping in a snow cave



Risk management

Leadership in the outdoors

Homestays with local families

New Zealanders are well known for their warm and welcoming attitude to visitors. Nowhere is this more evident than in our small, rural community of Ōtaki. Local families host students in their homes, providing a real taste of kiwi life. The College organises many social events for students and their host families, ensuring that students gain a sense of community and belonging.