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Taumarunui High School

Taumarunui High School is a small rural school situated in the centre of the north island. It is the only full High School in the area catering for students from years 9 to 13. The school has existed in its current setting for over 50 years and in the town for just over 100.

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Our grounds are extensive and include large sports fields, our own pool and plantation! We overlook the Ongarue River and can also see Mt Ruapehu in the distance. The school has around 65% Maori population.

The City/Community

Taumarunui is a farming community with ongoing growth of adventure tourism. We are about two hours form any major city and operate as a self-contained community.

We are surrounded by native bush, farmland and National Parks and are only a short drive from New Zealand’s only World Heritage Area – Tongariro National Park, home to the North Island’s largest mountains – Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. All three are volcanic and form a large area of high country known as the Central Plateaux.

Mt Ruapehu is home to New Zealand’s largest ski fields – Whakapapa and Turoa both with extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities. The National Park also boasts one of New Zealand’s most popular day walks – the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a 19km walk across the volcanic high country.

Our town is situated at the confluence of the Whanganui and Ongarue rivers which marked important trading and meeting places for both Crown and Maori. The Whanganui River is also a popular place for adventure tourism with many people choosing to canoe or kayak into some of the most remote parts of New Zealand.

Taumarunui is located on the Te Araroa walking track which stretches from the Northern tip of the North Island to the furthest south on the South Island. We are also a short distance from Lake Taupo – an inland freshwater lake about the size of Singapore and the largest lake in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Air fares to host family and back
School fees
Personal one-to-one support with your visa and school applications
Full board (e.g. breakfast, lunch & dinner) at a carefully selected host family
24-hour telephone support
Free interview
STS kick-off and preparation event in your home country
Welcome Camp
Local representative in host country to assist and support during your exchange
STS High School Diploma
STS Returnee Club
Local get togethers with other exchange students in the area

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