Riwaka School and its Community

The school was founded in 1848. It is one of the ten oldest schools in New Zealand. The area from which the school draws its students extends from Motueka, Main Road Riwaka from Motueka Bridge to top of the Takaka Hill, Riwaka Valley, Marahau, Kaiteriteri, Dehra Doon, River Road, Umukuri Road to Swamp Road and Swamp Road to Dehra Doon corner, Lodder Lane, School Road, Green Tree and Wharf Road. It is approximately 5 kms from the town of Motueka and 55 kms from the city of Nelson.


It is primarily a rural district with farming, horticulture and tourism providing the main incomes.

Community facilities include a hall, tennis courts, Scout den, hotel, churches, and sports clubs with the usual facilities and recreation grounds.

There are natural recreation areas including rivers, beaches, mountains and the Abel Tasman National Park.

Old School Building

The school is well-resourced and has purpose-built facilities for delivering the curriculum. These include a Performing Arts Centre, a Music studio, a studio for delivering Science, Technology and Visual Arts, a 25 x 8m swimming pool complex, a well stocked library and classrooms equipped to cater for the digital generation.

We are proud of the academic, sporting and cultural achievements of our students and their consideration of people and their environment.