10 Reasons To Choose WITT

1. Safe and Welcoming Region

Taranaki is a beautiful region of the beautiful country of New Zealand. The city of New Plymouth is friendly and safe. WITT qualifications and courses reflect the region's economic strengths as well as New Zealand employment needs. New Plymouth has also won the most livable city award for populations 20,000 - 70,000 at the 11th International Awards for Liveable Communities in 2008. Click here for a snapshot of Taranaki.


2. Government Guaranteed Institute of Technology

WITT is a high quality, Government owned and guaranteed, tertiary education institute situated in the Taranaki region of New Zealand' North Island. Our qualifications are approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Class sizes are typically small so you get to enjoy good contact time with your tutors and your classmates.


3. Internships and Employers

The qualifications available are recognised nationally, and in some case internationally. Many WITT programmes offer internships with employers. Get your foot in the door!


4. Experienced and Qualified Staff

WITT employs more than 150 of the finest tutors available. Strong links to the community and Taranaki industry pave the way for greater job opportunities for students. 


5. Great Weather

New Plymouth has fresh clean air and blue skies. It has a healthy and comfortable climate, not too hot and not too cold.

Summer: December - February (15 - 25 degrees Celsius)

Winter: June - August (6 - 17 degrees Celsius)


6. Save Money

New Plymouth based students can study in a fantastic environment, where rent and living costs are more affordable than almost anywhere else in New Zealand.


7. Centrally Located

New Plymouth is located on the west coast of the North Island, about 45 minutes by plane from either Auckland or Wellington. Tourists and students come from around the world to enjoy the stunning scenery, surf beaches, art, culture, lifestyle and education opportunities that Taranaki offers.


8. Engineering

Taranaki is recognised as New Zealand's Energy province. The Taranaki region is home to New Zealand's Oil and Gas industry with almost ninety percent of the sector's total nationwide employment based in the region.

The region boasts a thriving boat and yacht building industry and is home to many national and international engineering companies.


9. Chef Training

Dedicated kitchen facilities with a recently opened $1 million dollar training kitchen for WITT’s culinary students. 


10. Free Bus Service

Our Tertiary Bus Service allows WITT students to travel for free on all New Plymouth urban bus services provided by Tranzit Coach Lines, including travel from Waitara and Oakura, on any day at any scheduled time (including weekends and evenings). Bus timetables are available in the WITT cafe or online at www.taranakibus.info. You will need to show your WITT ID card to access this service. There is now also a free bus from South Taranaki through the Connector Bus www.trc.govt.nz/hawera-new-plymouth-connector/ picking students up from Opunake and Hawera through to New Plymouth Central.