Avatar Institute of Learning is situated in the suburb of Bell Block, a town in Taranaki, New Zealand. It is 6 km north-east of New Plymouth City Centre, which is 15 mins by car or 25 mins by bus from Avatar Institute of Learning.

We have plenty of local shops in Bell Block , available to meet your needs whilst studying at our school.

Local Shops – Bell Block

(5 mins walk from school)

  • Arts & Craft Shop
  • Bakery
  • Bell Block Barbers (Mens/Womens Hair)
  • Bell Block Sewing Service (Alterations/Repairs)
  • Big Basket (Fruit/Vegetables & Groceries)
  • Chinese Town Takeaways (Chinese/Fish & Chips)
  • Eden (Restaurant Café)
  • Four Square Store
  • Family Sushi
  • Florist
  • Hairdresser
  • Masalacraft (Indian Restaurant/Takeaways)
  • Pekaren Wood Fired Pizza
  • Sports Bar & TAB
  • Share Bliss Hair & Body Salon (Beauty Treatments/Hair Dresser)
  • The Warehouse
  • TSB (Bank ATM/Cash Flow Machine)
  • Unichem Pharmacy  ph 06 281 1544
  • Heated Swimming Pool  (View further information)


CAP Programme – Work Place Training/Transport

Work placements are in Bell Block and New Plymouth Area.

Where possible, the Training Coordinator will place students who do not have their own transport in Bell Block.  This cannot be guaranteed therefore students are encouraged to bring their own car.

Public transport is limited between Bell Block and New Plymouth as per the bus links listed below. This may be a concern for you when you are required to attend workplace training. For your convenience we suggest that you bring your own vehicle as you will also want to explore what New Plymouth has to offer during your free time. Students sharing the same work placements may be able to agree to car share. There is free car parking available onsite at the training school.

Bus Timetable – Bell Block, New Plymouth

Bus Timetable  – New Plymouth – Merrilands  (3 workplace training establishments based in this area)

Taxi Service

There is a taxi service available but this will come at a cost, cost of a Taxis to work placements outside of Bell Block area are between $30-32 per one-way trip with Energy City Cabs 06 757 5580, this is the best negotiated rate currently available or  you can phone New Plymouth Taxis 06 757 3000.

Note: Uber is not available in Taranaki Region

By Arrangement

Transport under special circumstances may be able to be arranged through Avatar Institute of Learning at a cost of $15 each way to your placement.

Parkland Shopping Centre

(10 mins walk from School)

  • Super Value Supermarket
  • Curves (Women’s Gym)
  • Thai Takeaways
  • $2 Coin Shop
  • TSB
  • Headline Hairdressers
  • Fish & Chips Takeaways
  • Library
  • The White Pear Café
  • Parklands Medical Centre ph 06 755 0422
  • Pharmacy@bell block ph 06 755 1836