the jewel in the crown

Poto College House

The Wairarapa’s only co-educational boarding facility

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Our place

Set in the beautiful grounds of Wairarapa College, Poto College House is just a few minutes walk from Central Masterton. It consists of the girls’ Wellwood dormitory and the boys’ Blackwood dormitory, the Manager’s house and separate staff accommodation, the dining room, common spaces, sports facilities and the administration block. The College’s swimming pool is also on site and available for use in the summer terms. We have large grounds with one of the best views of the Tararua ranges and a school farm right at our fingers tips. It is truly the best of provincial New Zealand living.

Our People

We have a fantastic team of experienced, caring and nurturing staff looking after our boarders in a close family environment. They are experienced with teenagers and what it is like to be away from home. The hostel management team, which consists of the Hostel Manager and Matron, live on site along with three other couples who are our ‘Hostel Parents’. Our staff are here to make sure that every boarder feels safe and secure during their time at Poto College House. It can be be a big adjustment in a young person’s life, as well as some of the best years of their life, and the staff are here to support each and every one of its whanau.


With Wisdom and Courage
Kia Matau Kia Maia

Poto College House is located at 55 Renall Street, Masterton. We cater for 60+ boarders, both boys and girls, from Years 9-13 in a 5 ½ day capacity.

Our aim at Poto College House is to nurture strong, independent and resourceful young men and women who are equipped with the skills to respond to a world of change. College House holds true to its 97 year old history and traditions yet embraces innovation and creativity. 2020 and the effects of the Covid19 pandemic have proven how important this adaptability is for our young people.

Poto College House is the only co-educational boarding establishment on the East Coast of the North Island. It is unique to the Wairarapa and is the College’s point of difference, offering an affordable option to remote rural children from the Wairarapa and those from neighbouring districts. International students are part of the rich tapestry of living at College House and once the borders are open and planes are flying we look forward to welcoming our overseas families again.

Boarding is an amazing experience for students. We strive to make it structured, fun and secure – a home away from home. Hostel life is filled with exciting activities with a strong emphasis on prep time in the evenings and offers support to take part in extra curricular activities.


Year 9 Scholarship for New Boarders

The Poto College House Trust is delighted to offer a scholarship to a Year 8 student applying to board at Poto College House for their year 9 academic year and beyond. The scholarship of $2,000 is valid for the boarder’s year 9 of boarding in 2022 and will be credited to the successful applicant’s first year fees.

Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu

Adorn the bird with feathers so it may soar

Our School

Wairarapa College

Catering for years 9 – 13, WaiCol is a co-educational public school based in Masterton. It offers a comprehensive curriculum that gives learners the chance to excel in their chosen fields. Their goal is to create a thriving, student-centred learning environment, educating students for their future. Check out the video below to find out more.


The boarding costs for 2022 are $12,500 per year.

Casual boarders (maximum 3 nights per week) pay $75 per night.

A one-off bond payment of $750 is required for each student at all year levels at the beginning of their first year only.

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School Meals

Menus change every day, below is an example of a standard menu. 

Breakfast: Cereal, toast, eggs.

Lunch: Salad bar, chicken and vegetable stir fry. 

Dinner: Beef lasagne, seasonal vegetables. 

There are also vegetarian and allergen options available for those with special dietary requirements. 

Academic Standards

All students have mandatory prep time after school to make sure they have a quiet space to complete homework and are supported in their learning outside the classroom. 

Extracurricular Activities

Using the van trip system, all students are able to take part in any number of after school activities. The boarding house has two vans which are on the road every day to make sure students don’t miss any off-site extra curriculars. 

Fundraising Committee

We have an active fundraising committee that runs several events per year. If you are interested in joining the committee please mention this to hostel staff and they will be happy to point you in the direction of the current chairperson.


After School programs


Years Established

Get In Touch

Phone: Stacey Grant, Manager, or Sharon Haeata, Matron

Telephone: 06 370 0415 or 027 285 2320