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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 defensive driving courses 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—in either English or Te Reo Māori.


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

Learners classes are delivered on site. Restricted lessons can be picked up from private residence 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 classes:
10.00am Tues/Thurs
3.45pm Tues/Thurs

All learners theory lessons are free.

Rangatahi driving tests
Learners Practice Test. Have a Go!


Practical Lessons:
By appointment.

$45/hr practical driving lesson.

$20/hr practical driving lesson for enrolled patients at Med Central.

For Rangatahi, who are part of the Tū Māia Rangatahi Programme, all classes/lessons in the Driving Academy are free.

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