Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (Rotorua)

Until 2016, the Waiariki Institute of Technology based in Rotorua had been the established provider of tertiary training and education in the Central and Western Bay of Plenty, with additional campuses in Taupo, Tokoroa and Whakatane. By making practical education a priority, Waiariki built a deserved reputation for producing work-ready and employable graduates.

From May 2016 the 7000-student strong institute merged with the former Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and now is known as Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

This new entity caters for the entire Bay of Plenty, providing a wider range of courses than each was able to offer individually. Similarly, students stand to benefit from the wider range of partnerships (with business, trade organisations, universities, other polytechnics) the two institutes bring to Toi Ohomai.

Making your life easier with free travel to campus

Toi Ohomai makes life easier for its students by providing free bus transport to and from its main campuses in Rotorua, with return transport provided daily between these and the Taupo, Whakatane and Tokoroa campuses. Similarly, bus transport around Rotorua is also free to enrolled students.

See what is taught or offered at each campus.

From out of Rotorua and don’t want to travel every day? Look into the Tangatarua Hall of Residence which is right alongside the main Mokoia Campus. 

Toi Ohomai has a strong focus on training and upskilling for Maori and Pafisika students. One example is their Te Ara Poutama scholarship providing courses at Certificate level to get you underway with your trade training.

There are a range of scholarships available to Toi Ohomai students to assist with the costs of your studies so these are definitely worth looking at. There is plenty of assistance available from the Scholarship Administrator.

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology courses:

Getting you started



Animal Care


Architecture and Land Surveying





Beauty Therapy

Bridging and Foundation Skills


Business Administration and Technology


Business Management

Carpentry and Construction


Computing and IT



Culinary Arts, Baking and Hospitality


Educational Pathways


Electrotechnology and Electrical

Engineering and Welding


English Language


Environmental Management





Graphic Design



Health Care



Interior Design


Kaupapa Māori


Legal Studies

Marine Studies




Massage Therapy

Media Studies and Writing Courses


Music and Performing Arts



Occupational Health and Safety


Policing and the Defence Forces


Professional Mentoring

Real Estate




Road Transport, Warehousing and Logistics

Social Services


Sport and Recreation



Tourism and Travel


Wood Manufacturing


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