BestStart Pipiwai Road

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Free* Sessions for 3 – 5 year olds (*conditions apply)

BestStart Pipiwai Road, formerly ABC Pipiwai Road, is the northern most early learning centre in Whangarei caring for children as young as 3 months to 5 years old. You’ll find us just North of Kamo in a family-like country setting where we enjoy the delights of Pukekos, ducks and other wildlife along our boundary as well as our own hens. Our cosy Lockwood centre caters for children in separate well-appointed areas.

Our under two teaching team are passionate and in-tune with the needs of individual infants and toddlers. We offer a genuine caring, safe, fun-filled environment with loads of opportunities to explore and develop while catering to your child’s individual routines and interests. Your baby will enjoy their own secure outdoor space and a variety of planned and spontaneous activities each week that will ensure they have the best possible opportunities to develop.

The over two area teachers are experienced and dedicated to helping your child reach their potential. We have loads of fun and creative resources, a secure shared playground and two dedicated indoor teaching spaces where your child will enjoy the benefit of focussed learning times that cater to their age group and interests. Our unique Be School Ready initiative encourages exploration and builds confidence, preparing your child for the excitement and challenges of school ahead. Our children go on to attend Kaurihohore, Matarau, Kamo Primary, St Francis, Excellere, Hurupaki or Whau Valley School.


We have a Bronze Healthy Heart Award! Heart Foundation’s Healthy Heart Award. Our nutritious, delicious meals are prepared daily onsite; we provide a healthy sit down morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea everyday with plenty of variety and fresh healthy choices.

We are excited to offer our families access to Storypark e-portfolios. They are a great way to keep up to date with what you child is doing while at the centre. You can log in to the secure platform wherever you are in the world to see what’s been happening in their day, check out photos of them and comment on their activities. Click here for more information about this fantastic resource.

Click here to read our centre’s latest ERO Report.

Come on in and meet the teaching team and wonderful children, have a look around our centre and join in the fun. We look forward to meeting you.


Our stories:

ABC Pipiwai stream investigation

Parent Feedback:

“Storypark is magic and we loved seeing what both kids are up to. I can’t thank you enough for how awesome everyone has been with us all, from our very first visit. You are all amazing and we really appreciate your hard work.”

“I would like to thank you all for sharing, caring, shaping (and at times enduring) our little man’s many ventures and explorations of who he is, as he discovers his place in this world. He has made some special connections and friends at the centre.”