Bongard Move to Windermere - Q&A

Why are we moving?

As the University of Waikato prepares to move its courses from Windermere into its new CBD campus early 2019, there is an opportunity for us to use the space available at Windermere.

We’ve listened to our Bongard-based students and staff, who overwhelmingly supported the idea to move from Bongard to Windermere as soon as possible, and the University has also supported the plan.

In light of this decision, the University will move its Windermere-based operations to Bongard within the same time frame, enabling them to transition into the city while the CBD campus nears completion. 

When is this happening?

The move began over the Christmas/New Year break.

At this stage Summer School papers for 2019 will continue to be taught at Bongard, however we’ll contact affected students directly if there are any changes.

What’s offered at Windermere?

Windermere Campus is spread out over 24 hectares so there’s plenty of green space.

Students have easy access to the Aquatic and Fitness Centre, which includes a 25m heated pool and fully equipped gym, as well as a health centre, sports fields, volleyball court, cafes and heaps of free car parking. There is also a childcare centre and Kōhanga Reo onsite.

More information about our student facilities is available on our Services page.

How many students are based at Windermere?

Our Windermere Campus is home to around 4,500 students studying everything from marine science and horticulture, through to carpentry, architecture, nursing and more!

How do students get to Windermere?

For students travelling by car, we have plenty of free parking on campus.

For students travelling by bus, have a look at the Baybus website for options.

What café services are close by?

There are a number of food and café options at both ends of Windermere Campus. In addition, our bakery and cookery students regularly hold bake sales and student-run café pop-ups.

We’re also a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from the bustling Greerton Village (check out the walkway at the back of the campus). 

What are the childcare facilities?

The Childcare Centre at Windermere Campus is located on a quiet cul de sac next to the campus – it boasts one of the largest outdoor play areas in Tauranga.

Windermere Campus also has a Kōhanga Reo for tamariki of Toi Ohomai students and the local community. 

Where will classes be held?

Student timetables were expected to be available in January. If you've not got yours please contact the Information Centre team.

What’s the long-term plan for the Bongard Centre?

In conjunction with the University we’re currently looking into the viability of various options. 


Contact our Information Centre team on 0800 86 46 46 or at