Taster programmes

Level NA Cost From $0

Length 1-4 Days

Course Starting Varies

About Taster Courses

Image altTaster Courses are run during school holidays and are designed to give students with an interest in a career in agriculture a taste of what it is like to live and learn at Taratahi.

Students will receive a broad exposure to various farming activities and also get to know many of our staff and tutors on campus.

We have two types of Tasters:

Wairarapa Taster Courses

These are four day Taster Courses in the Wairarapa - our only residential campus - for $100.

If you are thinking about joining Taratahi as a full-time residential student, we recommend you enrol in the four day Taster Course in Wairarapa, so you can also experience living on campus.

We are taking applications for all 2018 Wairarapa Taster Courses now.  

If you are over 19 and would  like to have a look around Taratahi, please call 0800 TARATAHI or email us to make an appointment for a campus tour.

Residential (Wairarapa) Taster Course Enrolment Form 

Regional Taster Courses

Regional Taster courses are held in one day at various campuses throughout New Zealand (see below for dates and locations) and are at no cost.  To enrol or enquire further about these tasters, please contact the relevant Taratahi regional office through 0800 TARATAHI or email

Regional Taster Course Enrolment Form

What you need to know about Taster Courses

All activities, meals and accommodation are covered in the course fee.

  • It will be a fun four days where you will be working with animals and doing other activities on-farm. You’re probably going to get dirty, so wear old clothes or overalls.
  • Bring some gumboots if you have them or old track shoes if you don't have gumboots.
  • You’re going to be outside for most of the day, so wear comfortable warm layers and bring a hat and wet weather gear, just in case.
  • Bring a water bottle and a great attitude!
  • In Wairarapa, students must be 16 – 19 years old to attend.

Regional Taster Dates 

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  • Taranaki - 5 October
  • Whanganui - 5 October 
  • Taumarunui - 5 October
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty - 11 October
  • Hawke's Bay - Contact regional office for a visit
  • Northland - Contact regional office to arrange a taster day
  • ​Auckland - First Tuesday of every month; 4 September
  • Telford (Balclutha) - 2-6 October, 4-8 December
  • Southland - Contact regional office for more information

Wairarapa Taster Dates

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  • 16 - 20 December

Parents/Caregivers Campus Tour

It’s just as important that our students' parents and caregivers are comfortable with Taratahi.  Parents and caregivers are welcome to visit and meet with staff and tutors and speak to us about questions you may have. Call 0800 TARATAHI or email us