Taratahi has two residential campuses, all of our other regional campuses are non-residential.


  • In the  Wairarapa our more mature students, or students who do not want to live on campus, have other options available.
  • Masterton, a short 10 minute drive from our residential campus, has a number of rental accommodation properties available.  
  • Students who chose to live off campus need to build in travel time to campus each morning - especially our dairy students who have very early starts!

Some advantages of living on campus include:

  • You won’t have to factor in travel time to and from campus (better time management).
  • You’ll be with other students who are on a similar career pathway which will give you contacts for the future as well as the opportunity to develop strong friendships.
  • Fun activities and events are organised for you.
  • First year students enjoy three hearty meals a day in our dining room.
  • We create a family environment for you.
  • Campus Manager as well as staff who live on campus 24-7 who provide support, advice and structure for you. More

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Telford, Balclutha:

  • Our Telford Campus is located just five minutes from Balclutha on the perimeter of the famous Catlins in South Otago.
  • Access to some of the best outdoor adventure activities in New Zealand.
  • Fun activities and events are organised for you.
  • Campus Manager as well as staff who live on campus 24-7 who provide support, advice and structure for you.
  • Excellent facilities, catering and other resources available on campus.

Living on campus allows you to be fully immersed in the lifestyle that comes with the agricultural industry.  Our supportive staff encourages constant learning and take pride in developing good work ethic with you. 


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First year students at Taratahi live in accommodation pods which house eight students each or an accommodation block consisting of 60 single rooms.

Our accommodation blocks are complemented by a large kitchen/dining/living and recreation area and facilities.

Second year students usually live in one of five self-contained houses on the campus.  These houses are set up to create a flatting environment.  Each second year student is allocated their own room in one of these houses.

You probably have lots of questions about our full-time residential campus.  We've tried to capture all the questions that guidance counsellors and careers advisors usually ask us here FAQ's...

You can also get more information on our looking after students which is about looking after the health and wellbeing of our students.

TelfoHostel Accommodation Unitsrd, Balclutha:

The Halls are made up of several different accommodation blocks:

  • McCristell Wing
    20 en suite rooms.
  • Robertson Wing
    23 single rooms utilising communal showers and toilets. (Male only)
  • McLeod Wing
    Seven single en suite rooms.
  • Units one and two, four 
    Single rooms utilising single shower and toilet.
  • Unit three, ten 
    Single rooms utilising two showers and two toilets.
  • Unit four, nine 
    Single rooms utilising two showers and two toilets.
  • Units five and six
    Single rooms in each unit, utilising three showers and three toilets each.

The Latest

FMG Taratahi Scholarship

FMG Taratahi Scholarship

Monday, 12 February 2018

Taratahi and FMG are proud to announce the re-established FMG Taratahi Scholarship for both Year 1 and Year 2 students.  The Scholarship is now open for applications with the closing date being Wednesday 28th February.

Fees Free Study in 2018

Fees Free Study in 2018

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Get free fees for your first year of study at Taratahi New government policy means that students starting tertiary education for the first time in 2018 will get one year of full-time study fees-free. You may also wish to check the Fees-free 2018 Student Guide or www.feesfree.govt.nz.

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