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Special Experiences

Our students have the opportunity to participate in once in a lifetime experiences. From overseas travel to challenging life learning experiences we are proud of the opportunities we have been able to offer.

Japanese Experience

Over the last few years Te Awamutu Intermediate School, in conjunction with a number of other Waikato schools, has fostered and enjoyed a relationship with Makuhari High School in Japan.  

At the end of February, our school hosts approximately 30 students from Makuhari Junior High School in Japan. These students are billeted with families and stay for ten days. This is a wonderful opportunity, and we invite families to take part. 

In September, a group of T.A.I. students and one staff member travel to Makuhari in Japan. The trip is in conjunction with other Waikato Intermediate and Middle Schools.

Students pay about $3,500 to take part and this amount covers all expenses and spending money. An information evening for interested parents and Year 7 students is held near the end of their Year 7 year, and notification of this is through the newsletter.


We provide a travel experience to Noumea each year. Those students taking French are encouraged to go, but the trip is open to all students. It is for 7 nights and the cost is approximately $2,500. It is an excellent opportunity for students to experience the life and culture of this French speaking country.

The week is filled with activities, including visiting local attractions such as museums, art galleries, markets, patisseries etc, the aquarium and a visit to Armedee Island to snorkel, canoe and experience a true Noumean feast..


Every year, around 20 participants are given the opportunity to spend a week skiing at the Whakapapa skifields, on Mount Ruapehu. The trip caters for children of any skiing ability, but children who have never skied before get real enjoyment and satisfaction from the trip. 

The group departs on Sunday, around lunchtime, and spends 4 days at Christiania ski lodge, before returning home on the Thursday night. The package we offer includes all ski passes, ski hire, mountain transport, accommodation, food, a ski lesson, and transport.

This trip is an opportunity for children to try a new activity, get to know children from other classes, and overcome many challenges. The places for this trip fill up quickly, so it pays to register your interest early. The cost for the trip is approximately $650.