Education has a high priority in Kaikohe and our surrounding district. We have Kohanga Reo, Preschools and Kindergartens, Primary schools that include Christian and Kura Kaupapa, an Intermediate School, Northland College and Okaihau College. Primary schooling is also provided in Ohaeawai and Okaihau. Tertiary institutions also provide full time courses in the township.
Outstanding sporting mural on the walls of Northland College gymnasium.

Founded in 1947 on the site of an American army camp established during the second world war, Northland College is one of few New Zealand schools that include both a farm and forestry block.

The farm and forest form an integral part of the school's programme with students involved in practical work there. This reflects  the College's emphasis on both academic and vocational subjects, which extend from the core subjects to Agriculture and Horticulture through Auto Engineering, Drama, Legal Studies, Photography and other subjects. 

The College Kapa Haka Group, Te Roopu Ara Whanui, is a major focus for many pupils.



was established in 1969 on the site of the former Kaikohe Primary School.  Its large grounds boast many mature trees as a setting for the 22m swimming pool, the assembly hall and the classrooms. 

The school caters for year 7 and 8 pupils, who are organised into three syndicates.  The classes are combined years 7 and 8, with a trial currently comparing straight years 7 and 8 classes. 

Differing ability levels are acknowledged and the students' needs met. 

The school maintains a strong bicultural emphasis, with a bilingual class and an enthusiastic Kapa Haka group.




Informal but productive classroom activity

Kaikohe East School, the first of three schools along Mangakahia Road, is a contributing school with a roll of approximately 390 children that serves the eastern part of Kaikohe and surrounding area. 

 The school has two streams: a general stream instructed in English (approximately 8 junior and 8 senior classes), and a Maori Unit consisting of two bilingual classes (up to 30% instruction in Maori) and two total immersion classes (80%-100% instruction in Maori ).



Kaikohe West School draws its students mostly from the west side of town and from outlying areas. 

 The school places a strong emphasis on information technology and it has successfully established its own intranet.  The children are involved with practical horticultural and environmental work, ranging from raising seedlings to setting up a worm farm.

The school's motto is 'Rapua te Matauranga' -Searching After Knowledge. 

The school offers bilingual junior and senior classes within its roll of 350.




The Kaikohe Christian School is a state integrated composite Christian school which aims to provide a Christ-centred education for the preparation of students for effective leadership and service, while also aiming for excellence in all educational and personal endeavours. 

The school first opened in 1985 and currently caters for students up to year 13.  The Bible-based ACE (Accelerated Christian Education) curriculum used at the school allows students to set their own goals and to work at their own level of achievement.



Hillcrest Kindergarten during 'Mat Time'

On the corner of Hillcrest and Park Roads, Hillcrest Kindergarten runs morning sessions for older preschoolers, and shorter afternoon sessions for younger children.



The Kura Kaupapa Maori ( School of Maori Learning) opened on its Hongi St site five years ago, as part of the solution to projected roll growth in the other two Kaikohe primary schools.

The nucleus of the Kura, however, commenced in 1991 with three pupils.  It was recognised by the Ministry of Education in 1993.

The Kura is an Area School, with a roll of approximately 90 pupils on site, and a further 30 at the satellite Matauri Bay site.

Tuition is totally in Maori until year 7, and therafter progressively more English content is added to continued tuition in te reo Maori.


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