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Are you learning to drive? We have a range of courses based in Whakatāne.

We provide a range of learners, restricted and full driving licence support based at the Rangatahi Hub in Kopeopeo.

The academy is focussed on achieving Class 1 (Private Vehicle) Licences.

Classes and lessons are all undertaken by our fully qualified driving instructor.

Learn to Drive with the Waka Rangatahi Driving Academy

The Waka Rangatahi Driving Academy operates out of our Rangatahi Hub at 88 King Street, Kopeopeo. Our friendly instructor Ray facilitates group study sessions, theory lessons, and practical driving lessons! So, no matter what you need on your journey to driving, we can help.

Learners study groups are delivered at the hub, while restricted lessons can be picked up from home or school.  We are part of the EBOP Workforce Group and can pathway clients into Class 2 to Class 5 options if considering a career in driving (transport, freight and logistics).

Learners Driving School:

Free Theory Study Groups:

We're here to help as you prepare for your driving test! We have the flexibility to organise study sessions based on demand. This is a great space to learn at your pace in a supportive environment. We have a computer suite for you to use and Ray on site for any questions. If you'd like to join in, contact us to arrange a time.

All learners theory sessions are free. You can also brush up by doing practice tests from home. Just click below:

Rangatahi driving tests
Learners Practice Test. Have a Go!

Restricted and Full Licence Driving Lessons:

Having an experienced driving teacher can make all the difference when it comes to driver training. We make sure your time learning with us is safe and enjoyable; our teacher walks alongside you in your journey, going at the pace you need and helping when you get stuck.  Before you know it, you'll be driving confidently!

All practical lessons are by appointment, so make sure to contact us first.


Free for:

- Rangatahi who are part of the Tū Māia Rangatahi Programme
- Young people 16-24 who are not currently enrolled in education, employment or training

$20/hr for enrolled patients at Med Central
$45/hr for anyone

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