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The grounds of UCOL Wairarapa campus 

Te Awa O Whanganui – Kō au te Āwa, kō te Āwa kō au. I am the River, the River is me, a Māori whakatauki/proverb to describe the people, place and Awa o Whanganui.

Located on the banks of the beautiful Whanganui River next to Pākaitore/Moutoa Gardens, UCOL shifted to its current location in 2008, integrating modern architecture with existing heritage buildings on Taupo Quay. Whanganui Iwi, Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, gave the campus the name 'Matapihi ki te Ao', which means 'window of opportunity' to the world.

In 2014-2015 The Atrium was transformed into a learning hub, providing a modern and welcoming place for staff, students and visitors. Heritage buildings were strengthened and are now home to the Whanganui School of Design, as well as shared community space with the Whanganui District Council, and Community Education Whanganui. 

Taught by industry experienced and award winning lecturers from around the world, graduates of Whanganui UCOL are well recognised by employers.

UCOL provides a friendly study environment with modern facilities centred around The Atrium.

Visiting UCOL

Feel free to visit UCOL to see what it's like, and talk to our friendly Information Centre team.

Living and studying in Whanganui


Starting soon at UCOL Whanganui

People sitting together inside

Keen to study at UCOL Whanganui? Take a look at our classes starting soon.

Visions Training Restaurant

A chef plating up a dish under the heat lamps in a commercial kitchen

UCOL's Chef Training and Hospitality team welcome you to dine with us in our training restaurant, Visions.

Hair and Beauty

A hairdresser demonstrating a cutting technique on a mannequin to a class of people

UCOL's Hair and Beauty team welcome you to visit for a hair or beauty treatment at our Whanganui salon.