Montessori Children’s House Wānaka

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Montessori Children’s House Wānaka is an incorporated society and charitable trust and as such is a not for profit organisation. The centre is run solely for the benefit of the community. Our first location established in April 1998 was licensed for 23 children on Warren Street in a converted bach. Five years later as a result of high demand for places and through grants from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Otago and QLDC alongside countless hours of fundraising, we opened our purpose built facility on Kings Drive in June 2003. Our present license allows us to take up to 56 tamariki spanning 2 classrooms, in any one session. Our staff ratios comply with or are better than Ministry of Education regulations.


We have a strong foundation in Dr Maria Montessori’s philosophy and, through our ‘prepared environment’, we provide unique learning programmes that incorporate all aspects of traditional Montessori methods while meeting the strands and learning outcomes of the Early Childhood Curriculum Document Te Whāriki. The centre is a MANZ (Montessori Aotearoa of New Zealand) Member.

Opening Hours

We are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 3pm

Closedown periods to date are:

  • Montessori is CLOSED for Public Holidays
  • Montessori closes in July: 8th – 12th July 2024
  • Last day of Montessori 2024: Friday 20th December
  • First day of Montessori 2025: Tuesday 21st January

Get in Touch

Please contact us if you have any queries or to arrange a visit. We would love to show you around:

P: (03) 443 8389

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