About this tool
Children can start school or kura in New Zealand anytime between the ages of 5 and 6. Once they turn 6 they must be enrolled and attend a school or kura every day. Most children start school when they turn 5, although they don't legally have to start at their local school until their 6th birthday.
Check out our advice on Enroling at your local school.
When it comes to school zones the Ministry endeavours to provide the most accurate information possible. However, conversion of the zones into a geospatial shape for the map is not perfect especially at the boundaries. A description of the boundary is also included in the school’s Profile and Contacts Details page under its Search for a nearby school page.
The Ministry recommends contacting the school directly if you have any concerns or questions about its enrolment zone. Each schools contact details are available from its Profile and Contacts Details page.
Additional information for Parents
The Ministry of Education has created a site for parents, families, whānau, carers and anyone else involved in a child's education. It has been developed with help from parents, and is expanding based on what you tell us you want. Please visit the: for Parents website.
for Parents includes practical information and tips on starting school and progressing through the schooling system. We recommend going to for Parents and reading the advice on-line so that you get the most up-to-date information. This information on Choosing a school has been created from web pages on the for Parents website related to choosing a school.