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The Catlins Area School




We are a co-educational school of 120 students, located on the scenic coast of The Catlins region, 25km from Balclutha at the bottom of the beautiful South Island of New Zealand.

As an Area School, we cater to students from age 5 to 18, we service a wide geographic area consisting of farms and small towns. The Catlins region is famous for its rural heartland and podocarp forests, rugged coastlines, hidden lakes and stunning waterfalls. The natural landscapes are enthralling and the wildlife is extraordinary.

We have only a few international student opportunities at any one time, we focus on providing a personalised programme. We offer small classes, ensuring our learners receive individual attention from our well-qualified and dedicated staff. We offer a wide range of subject choices which can be viewed online.

The Catlins Area School is ideally situated for a range of outdoor activities there are mountains, forests and beaches nearby. We have a wide range of sporting and leadership opportunities available and cater to most tastes and interests.

Families open their homes willingly to international students, our community is known for the warm hospitality extended to our tourists and new community members. International students usually remain in contact with their homestay families for years to come, often revisiting the school, community and families in years to come.

More about The Catlins Area School

Set within the scenic Catlins region of south-eastern New Zealand, The Catlins Area School is a challenging, exciting and supportive school where students from all parts of the world are valued and respected. International Students can participate in exciting programmes including Aviation Studies and a selection of cultural and outdoor activities.


Contact details


The Catlins Area School
1 Stuart Street
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Phone number

+64 03 415 8036
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