Welcome to Matahui School – an Independent primary school in the Western Bay of Plenty District.  We are a small rural school located between Katikati and Tauranga.  Matahui School is a place where children thrive in a stimulating and nurturing environment. Small classes allow students to have focused quality time with their teacher. Our teachers ensure learning is fun and engaging allowing and supporting students to be creative and engineers of their own outcomes. Through hands on experiences and education out side the classroom, students learn by doing at Matahui.  Our unique award winning outdoor education programme creates rich learning experiences to shape strong future leaders.  We focus on building individual talents and self-esteem so all our students develop into self-assured incredibly special people! Matahui School caters for years 1-8.

Matahui School is not your typical school. It is a school where children are encouraged to climb trees; a school where children participate in “experiential, hands-on learning”.  A school with a warm, friendly and non-judgmental culture.  Rather than trying to fit students into a system – we have designed our school systems around students needs!  The end results speak for themselves.  If you want the very best education and future for your child Matahui School is the best choice!


“We liked the attitudes of the children when we came to visit. There was instantly a sense of calm when I visited the classrooms.”

-Joe & Vicki Gordon

“”I’ve learned more in a day here than I learned in a week at my old school”

– New Matahui School Student

The small class sizes and the friendliness of other children at Matahui School is totally unique.”.

– Marie Webster.