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Avondale College




Avondale College provides an outstanding quality of education within one of New Zealand’s biggest and best secondary schools. Our co-educational college has all the advantages of size yet offers all the warmth, encouragement and intimacy of a small school.

What makes Avondale College special:

  • Top academic results in NCEA & Cambridge: Top in world results in Cambridge examinations; excellent Scholarship results including Outstanding Scholars; a UE pass rate that exceeds local, regional and national norms
  • A school that embraces ‘HEART’ values of Honesty, Endeavour, Atawhai (Kindness), Respect & Tenacity
  • A caring, supportive pastoral structure that ensures each child’s well-being. 
  • The opportunity to choose between NCEA and Cambridge Assessment International Examinations, both taught to the highest levels. 
  • Extensive choice of subjects available at all levels 
  • New Zealand’s leading ICT programme that includes app development, ‘real world’ portfolio creation, MOS & Adobe industry certifications, and more
  • Academy programmes in Performing Arts, Sports, Scholarship and Innovation (ICT)
  • Award-winning facilities (NZ Architecture Award 2015) including more than 120 modern classrooms, state-of-the-art technology building, performing arts centre, recording studio, sports stadium with two full-sized gyms, 1200+ computers and WiFi for all students
  • An outdoor education facility (“Taurewa”) in the Central Plateau
  • A wealth of co-curricular opportunities, with over 140 competitive sports teams as well as a diverse range of cultural activities and performance groups


Avondale College is located in Central West Auckland.  The school is a short walk to the train station and there are school buses which bring students to and from the school.


The success of Avondale College’s academic, sporting and cultural programmes is underpinned by our top quality, purpose-built facilities.

A multi-million-dollar rebuilding programme (completed in 2014) has created a modern educational environment which incorporates innovative, sustainable design and the latest technology to ensure a great classroom environment for our students.

In 2015 Avondale College received a national architecture award in recognition of these superb new facilities.

• 120+ modern classrooms

• Specialist physics, chemistry and biology laboratories

• State-of-the-art technology building for fashion design, food technology, product development, ICT and graphic design

• Art suite with photography studio

• Open-air theatre seating 400

• Fully equipped media suites

• Performing Arts Centre with 750-seat theatre, three drama rooms and the College’s music school with recording studio, practice rooms and full music technology suite

• Superb sporting facilities including seven sports fields, a water-based artificial multi-sports surface and pavilion, two full-sized gyms, two squash courts, a climbing wall, weights room, newly built tennis and netball courts, and two dance studios

• More than 1200 computers school-wide, with Wi-Fi available for all students

• State-of-the art data centre


With an international department of 200 students, we take the pastoral care of our students very seriously.  We have two full time Homestay Coordinators who choose, inspect and place our students with families within the local area.   Many of our homestays have been hosting for us for many years and enjoy the experience of hosting our students.



More about Avondale College

International Student Support

The International Department has two homestay coordinators, two administrators an Academic Advisor and the International Manager.  All staff are available 24/7 and there is an open-door policy for all students during the working day.  Within the school we have nurses, counsellors and deans.  Clear information is given to students on their arrival informing them how to access any of these services.

Extra-curricular activities


Sport is at the heart of the community at Avondale College. Each year, nearly 1000 students represent the college in over 30 different codes, either as individuals or in teams.

Avondale plays a major part in the Auckland schools’ sporting scene, with many codes represented in the Premier sporting competitions as well as numerous local, zoned and regional competitions. Throughout the year many of our teams travel further afield throughout New Zealand and beyond, to experience the breadth of sporting opportunities that are on offer through national tournaments, annual exchanges and tours.

The number of students who have gained Auckland success and representation is always a real testimony to the passion and skill with which sport is played at the college. Our growing list of New Zealand representatives in sports as varied as basketball, football, tag, swimming and lacrosse is something of which we are very proud. In recent years we have had numerous students representing New Zealand in a variety of sports, including those selected to full national squads.


Avondale College’s Performing Arts Centre is a busy and creative hub, with aspiring musicians, actors, dancers and performers all making the most of the opportunity to develop their skills on and off the stage.
Avondale College has a strong tradition in music, with a flourishing Orchestra, Big Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Choir and other musical groups.



Avondale College offers students many opportunities to learn new skills, make friends and have fun
through participation in clubs and cultural activities. 

With more than 30 different non-sporting extra-curricular programmes on offer, there is something of interest for everyone - from the Model United Nations Assembly programme, to debating, creative writing, chess, gardening and more.

Contact details


Avondale College
Victor Street
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Phone number

+64 9 828 7024
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