About Us

Snells Beach School opened in 2009 to provide education for students in Years 1 – 6 in the Mahurangi East area. Located approximately 45 minutes north of Auckland, the school is situated above beautiful Snells Beach, overlooking Kawau Bay on one side, and the Mahurangi River on the other.

The school has an Enrolment Zone, which extends from Sandspit, along the length of the Mahurangi East Peninsular, to Martins Bay and Scotts Landing, and includes Kawau Island. Please see our website for more detail.

We are a comparatively small semi-rural school, and value being actively involved in our surroundings.  Our students enjoy time at Snells Beach, Scandrett Regional Park, and by the Mahurangi River. We encourage kids to get wet, sandy and muddy as they explore our local beaches and parks.

We celebrate the cultural diversity of our students, and believe in supporting all learners to achieve their best. We acknowledge Ngati Manuhiri as mana whenua, and they gifted us the name Te Manu o te Ngahere (The bird of the forest).

Snells Beach School is a Travelwise School – where parent support allows we run supervised Walking & Riding School Buses. Buses are also available on set routes for students who live further from the school.

The Snells Beach community has undergone significant change in recent times, as many ex baches and retirement homes have been transformed into family homes, and growing numbers of children have moved into the area. Our school enjoys the support of our close knit community.