Wharepapa South School Camping Essays


Wharepapa is one of the best rock climbing areas in New Zealand and it's certainly popular among adventure tourists. If youÂ’re a visitor to New Zealand and looking for an adventure and some great rock climbing, then Wharepapa is one place you should have on your itinerary. Check out the crags listed on the menu to the left of this page.

Over 800 Brilliant Routes

Comfortable climate all year

Quiet rural setting

Short easy walk to the climbs

Climbing equipment store

Great accommodation


Wharepapa South is located between Te Awamutu and Managkino.

From Te Awamutu travel south to Kihikihi, turn into Arapuni Road opposite the service station and travel towards Rotorua/Mangakino/etc. After about 9 km turn right into the road opposite the Parawera (Stone) Store. From there travel about 14.5 km and you’ll come to the Wharepapa Outdoor Centre & Cafe just before the "T" intersection.

Accommodation & Facilities

Wharepapa Outdoor Centre

This is a great place to stay, its facilities which include:


Wharepapa School (Tent Sites)

Just past the Cafe turn right at the "T" intersection and travel about 100m before turning right into the school gate. Camping is permitted at the school at a cost of  $2.oo/person/night with the fee is payable at the principal’s house or at the Wharepapa Outdoor Centre. If you want real accommodation including a hot shower and a real bed, you should try the Wharepapa Outdoor Centre.

Welcome to Wharepapa South School's website.

Wharepapa South School is a small country school in South Waikato.

We pride ourselves on being able to offer excellent teaching and learning opportunities for all children in a caring, relaxed environment. 

It really is the best of both worlds; small class sizes, fantastic ICT's, excellent resources, large open spaces to play, a school bus service, music lessons and sports teams.   

A very supportive Board of Trustees, and our amazing P.T.A ensure that our children experience the very best opportunities.

Students, parents, staff and the
wider community work together to provide a variety of authentic learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.

Our website will offer you a taste of Wharepapa South School and its values.  We have an open door policy and you are welcome to visit us. We are an awesome school, come and see for yourself.


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