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Taupo-nui-a-Tia College

Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is a well-established school that is big enough to offer a wide range of academic, cultural and sports opportunities but small enough to a create supportive culture conducive to learning. Taupo-nui-a-Tia College was the inaugural winner of the National School of Character award in recognition of the positive school culture and development of character in its students.

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The school offers a great learning environment, with highly qualified teachers and well equipped classroom facilities. Our students achieve national success, not only academically, but also in many sports and cultural activities.

The number of scholarships won by the students of our school are consistent each year, representing the high level of academic quality our school has to offer. 

Our fantastic outdoor education program offers a variety of learning opportunities, including but not limited to; leadership skills, sea kayaking, rock climbing, skiing and mountain biking.

Culturally Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is represented by a very strong Kapa Haka group and our thriving Drama department competes nationally in various drama festivals.

The City/Community

Taupo is in the middle of everything! We offer a beautiful and safe environment with a reasonably small population (30,000) in the middle of paradise, with the magnificent lake, the best mountain bike trails NZ has to offer and only 90 minutes away from one of the major ski fields in New Zealand.

Taupo is easily accessible with a small domestic airport offering flights from Auckland and Wellington, and an easy three hour drive from Auckland International Airport. There are many good reasons why Taupo is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Taupo is the event capital of the country, which makes it a very vibrant and attractive town where everyone feels easily at home.

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What's included

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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