The Board of Trustees, Staff, Students and Principal would like to extend a warm welcome to all visitors to our website.

Ararimu is a small rural school with an enviable reputation.  It offers a wide curriculum for Year 1 – 8 pupils.  Students achieve well and we encourage and welcome students who are self managing learners.

The Ararimu Valley is within a 15 minute drive time from both Papakura and Pukekohe.  The school sits in a valley bordered by the Bombay Hills to the south-west and the Hunua Ranges to the north-east.

Our educational goal is to provide an environment that is positive, progressive, stimulating, rewarding and FUN!  An environment that provides for the development of each child's individual potential. We aim, with the involvement of parents, to develop confident, happy, independent students by providing programmes of work that cater for all levels of achievement, concentrating on individual needs across the curriculum.

At Ararimu we value the importance of the school and home partnership in making these goals a reality.  Our school and wider community are exceptional and support our students fully in their learning.

We invite you to visit us in person to see how fantastic we are.  Your child's time at Ararimu School will be a rewarding educational experience.

We are a high achieving small rural Decile 10 school established in 1867. There is a long farming history with the founding families descendants still evident in the school and community.  Our school houses are named after these families. Today lifestyle blocks dominate, with the majority of our parents working  in the Auckland CBD or Hamilton which are 50 minutes to 1 1/2 hour from Ararimu. The school is the centre of the Ararimu community and is well supported by the parents and the community.

I invite you to come and have a look around - I am sure you will like what you see.

PURPOSE  -  To engage children in a relevant and high quality education that will enable them to achieve.


A learning pathway for future success. 

Our students grow in a vibrant, innovate learning environment through best teaching practices. Ararimu translates to ‘Pathway through the Rimu’ - The staff consistently reinforce our school values to the children. They have the ability to ready our students for their pathway for life within and beyond Ararimu Valley.


To engage children in a relevant and high quality education that will enable them to achieve.


We are a school that values;

Respect, Integrity, Leadership, Excellence and how each member of our school community embraces them. (RILEY)

2023 Term Dates

Term One         

Wednesday 1 February - Thursday 6 April   

Monday 6 February - Waitangi Day Observed

Term Two         

Wednesday 26 April - Friday 30 June  

Monday 5 June - King’s Birthday


Term Three

Monday 17 July to Friday 22 September

Term Four           

Monday 9 October to Friday 15 December  
Monday 23 October - Labour Day