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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.


The Waka Rangatahi Driving Academy is based in our Rangatahi Hub at 88 King Street, Kopeopeo.

Our friendly instructor Ray facilitates group study sessions, theory lessons and practical driving lessons.

Learners study groups are delivered at the hub. 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).


Theory study groups:
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 you may have. If you'd like to join in, just contact us to arrange a time.

All learners theory sessions are free. You can also do practice tests from home by clicking below:

Rangatahi driving tests
Learners Practice Test. Have a Go!

Restricted and Full Licence:

Practical Lessons:
By appointment.


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

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