Orientation is our welcome to new and returning students. It gives you an opportunity to get your study year sorted and off to a good start. It's also a great way to meet other students, your tutors and support staff - all before you begin your journey with WITT. 

Download your orientation itinerary here

Monday 27 July - New Plymouth campus

On the first day, you will get to explore the campus and get to know your tutors, support staff and classmates.

08:45am Assemble outside F Block
09:00am Pōwhiri, F Block.
10:00am Head to your first class
12:00pm Lunchtime activities, giveaways and food.
1:00pm   As per your class timetable.

Tuesday 28 July - FREE food, games and giveaways, South Taranaki campus

On the first day, you will get to explore the campus and get to know your tutors, support staff and classmates. You will also enjoy fun lunchtime activities, giveaways and food at our South Taranaki campus in Hāwera. 

08:45am All students to be at the Hāwera campus on Union Street
09:00am Pōwhiri
10:00am Meet your support services
11:00am Orientation of the campus with your tutor
12:00pm FREE food, games and giveaways

Wednesday 29 July - Market Day, New Plymouth campus

The market day is a great opportunity to get familiar with useful businesses and services from our community including student discounts. Check out the stall holders and what they've got on offer, from 12pm - 1pm.

Thursday 30 July - Game Day and FREE pizza, New Plymouth campus

Decide to either race your friends on our crazy loo race course or jump onto the inflatable pole, hold on tight and at the same time bash your mate to try and unseat them. Let's see who falls first! Enjoy FREE pizza too!

Campus Tours

Learn to navigate your way around campus, discover all the key places and step into our first day with confidence. Campus tours generally take around 20-30 minutes.  


Meet us outside the main Reception at 20 Bell Street, five minutes prior to the tour starting.

What to bring on your first day

You don't need to bring much on the first day, just make sure you have pen and paper with you. The tutors will let you know any other stationery requirements when you get to class on the first day. There will be some light refreshments available after the pōwhiri and Te Kāuta cafe will be open all day if you want to purchase any food. 

Do you know your timetable?

Make sure you know where and when your classes are, click here to find out your class timetable. If there are no classes scheduled on Mondays it is important that you still come to Orientation if you are a new student.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during the first week?

Students will be formally welcomed on the Monday by a powhiri and then go to your class where you will do a number of induction activities including a campus tour, getting a student ID card and logon, meet your classmates and start formal classes.

How many students are at WITT?

WITT has around 4000 students in total with around 1000 on campus at any one time.

Is there a cost for parking?


How long is one trimester?

15 weeks.

What do I need on my first day?

Pen and paper. We have free food on Monday (New Plymouth) and Tuesday (Hāwera) but otherwise also bring your lunch or money to buy some.  Water stations are located in multiple places around both campuses, so bring a water bottle to refill as well.

I have ordered textbooks and haven't got them yet, what do I do?

Talk to your tutor or ask another student to share with you until your textbook arrives.

How do I get an ID?

ID cards are issued by library staff, to enrolled students.

When do we get our ID?

Your tutor would have booked you for a session during your first week in class. ID cards can be issued to one week prior to course start, for those students who need to catch the bus.

Am I going to be disadvantaged not having course books week one?

No. The library course reserve section has a copy of all student textbooks.

What happens if we have appointments booked on course day?

Inform your tutor.

Who do I talk to about Studylink?

Studylink will only respond to online requests, so contact them via their website.

When are course fees due?

Usually, within two weeks of course start but if you are paying by Studylink then there may be a delay.

Do we get a student handbook?

An electronic version of the student handbook can be found here and will also be available on the intranet (iWITT).

Where do we get our books from?

Student textbook lists are included in your enrolment packs. If you didn’t receive one contact your department or tutor.

What about stationery lists?

Most classes require only a pen and paper. Course equipment, if any, is issued to students in their first week in class.

If we have a personal problem, who can we go to?

Make a booking with our student counsellor, located at Te Puna Manaaki health and wellness centre in B Block.

Who do we ask if we get lost on campus?

Any staff member or fellow student. We are all here to help! But if you want a contact person call into the staff at the Learning Resource Centre or Te Puna Manaaki health and wellness centre.

Bus timetables?

Paper copies are available in the cafeteria or are online at the Taranaki Regional Council.

What times does WITT open?


What times does the library open?


How long is the library open?

Mon-Thu 8am - 5:30pm.
Fri 8am - 4pm.
Sat 9.30am - 12.30pm.

When will I know which classroom I am in?

Check your class timetable, available online.

Where do we get timetables from?

You can access the information here for your timetable.
If you have any queries contact your department or email timetable@witt.ac.nz

What are the hours of my course?

Check your class timetable, available online.