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Darfield High School




Darfield High School is a co-educational, Year 7 to Year 13 school, located in rural Canterbury, New Zealand.

We are a community school providing an environment in which each student is supported to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for successful and confident living. There are currently over 850 students studying at Darfield High School.

Darfield High School has been hosting international students for more than twenty years. Each year we host 25 to 35 long term international students from around the world, as well as up to 7 short-term group programmes.

Study at Darfield High School and enjoy:

  • Full time, experienced international department staff members to support you
  • A kind, caring Kiwi host family to live with in our safe, friendly, rural area
  • A student buddy to help you settle in to your new life
  • High quality, enjoyable ESOL classes to improve your English quickly
  • Supportive teachers who will help you succeed in mainstream classes
  • A comprehensive activity programme, including regular term time activities and school holiday trips
  • Fun annual events such as our whole-school House Competition

More about Darfield High School

Student Testimonials

"I don’t already want to say “Good bye”. It seems like I have only just arrived in New Zealand a few months ago but it’s actually already been almost 12 months.  I want to thank all of you for making it such an amazing time! I have had so much fun with my awesome host family and friends.  Another massive “Thank you” to Mr Morris, all my teachers and the International Department for always supporting me and taking me to some great places in New Zealand. I absolutely love it here and for me it will always be my second home, my second family, just the other half of myself."

"I enjoy staying in New Zealand, especially in Darfield. Darfield High School is not a big school but it’s filled with love and kindness. There are so many students who are really friendly."

"I went on great trips with my Outdoor Education class—a three-day tramp through beautiful New Zealand nature, four days rock climbing down in Wanaka (so much fun!), overnight in a snow cave, and skiing and snowboarding with all my friends up at Porter’s with the school Ski Programme. I also went on a big trip with lots of other international students from many different countries down south to so many beautiful and amazing lakes, including jet boating, bungee jumping and skydiving... If you ever get this opportunity take it and live your dream. I promise you, you will be stunned by the new things you will experience."



Contact details


Darfield High School
7 McLaughlins Road
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Phone number

+64 3 318 8411
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