BestStart Pipiwai Road

smiling girls
Lavender plant
smiling boys
Water play
Red hoop
BestStart Pipiwai Road is the northern most early learning centre in Whangarei, caring for children from as young as 3 months until they are ready to go to school. You'll find us just North of Kamo in a family-like country setting where we enjoy beautiful rural views from our playground.

At BestStart Pipiwai Road, our cosy centre caters for children in separate, well-resourced 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.

For more information about the specific fees for your centre, please contact us directly (09) 435 3234 / You might be eligible for support paying childcare fees. For more information click here

kind words from our parents


Awesome daycare. Great staff and learning environment. Our son attended this daycare from 1.5 to 5 years old and I couldn't recommend ABC Pipiwai highly enough. We felt part of a small community and they really did a great job in preparing him for school.


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.


Exploring learning with Clay

​Clay can be used as an important resource in supporting the learning and development of our tamariki.

National Sea Week 2022

Through observing our tamariki in play with the sea creatures, our kaiako developed understandings of how our tamariki make sense of the natural world.

Kawakawa Balm

We learnt about the importance of the Kawakawa plant and all the children worked together to prepare the harvest, to make Kawakawa balm.