Life In New Zealand


About The Area

Huapai District School is a semi-rural school located 28km north-west of Auckland’s city centre and 40km from Auckland International Airport.

Huapai meaning “good fruit” has a rich tradition of orchards and wine growing, with grapes first planted at Huapai in 1943. Today the area attracts horse-riders, surfers and mountain-bikers with beaches, forests and hot pools on our doorstep. 

Our closest beach is only 15km from the school, with other west-coast surf beaches and safe swimming beaches less than an hour by car. 

In fact, our school emblem represents the forests, sea, vines and fruit of the area.


Click on these links for some activities in our local area:

NorthWest Country

Tree Adventures

Parakai Springs

Muriwai Surf School

Muriwai Beach Horse Treks

Kiwi Valley Farm

Crystal Mountain


Heading into the city, the new Northwest shopping mall and Westgate centre is only 10km away and provides shopping and entertainment, including a cinema, bowling, trampolining and a public library.

NorthWest Shopping Centre

Westgate Shopping Centre

Flippin’ Fun – Trampoline Park

BoulderCo – Climbing and Fitness

Event Cinemas – Westgate

Te Manawa (Westgate) Library


There is something for all interests in and around Auckland. Easy half-day and day trips include Auckland Zoo, Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium, Auckland War Memorial Museum, MOTAT (Museum of Transport & Technology) as well as Snow Planet and many other adventure activities on and off the water.

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Aquarium

Auckland Museum

MOTAT – Museum Of Transport  And Technology

Auckland For Kids