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Wakatipu High School




At Wakatipu High School in Queenstown, New Zealand, our mission is to deliver a ‘great all-round education that enables students to reach for their heights’.

The key priority in this great all-round education is student learning, progress and achievement, and our recent results are testament to the very high levels of academic achievement of our students.

Wakatipu High School students achieve in both traditional academic subjects as well as in vocational pathways through our Careers, Trades Academy and Gateway programmes. In addition, we provide support in literacy and numeracy as well as a Gifted and Talented programme to ensure that the full range of our students reach their potential.

As well as our academic foundation, Wakatipu High School offers students a wealth of ‘all-round’ extra and co-curricular opportunities in sport, arts, music, culture, community and leadership. From our Ski Academy and rowing, to our jazz band, School Musical, Stage Challenge, Kapa Haka group, Model United Nations, Duke of Edinburgh, and trips and exchanges to locations such as Aspen, Japan, India, Noumea and France – we offer students an incredible range of opportunities in which to learn and grow, and develop into confident young people.

Geographically the Wakatipu Basin is a unique environment, enabling us to offer outstanding Outdoor Education programmes including the iconic Year 10 Branches Camp. Our environment also attracts international students from around the globe, giving our students here the chance to learn and grow as members of a multicultural community - an opportunity normally reserved for larger urban centres.

Students’ pastoral support is through our Whanau (House) structure and Deans, as well as our Kaiarahi and Guidance Counsellors. This structure also provides the basis for our very keenly-contested inter-House competitions.

Well-governed by a very capable Board, and now very generously supported by the Wakatipu High School Foundation, Wakatipu High School is on an exciting journey - including the move to our brand new ‘innovative learning environment’ school in 2018.

We welcome you to our Wakatipu High School community, where students truly receive a great all-round education enabling them to ‘reach for their heights’ in one of the most special places in the world.

More about Wakatipu High School

We are situated in picturesque Queenstown, known as the jewel in New Zealand's scenic splendour. It is the number one destination for tourists and locals. It is an excellent environment in which to live and learn. Good shopping, great sporting and outdoor facilities and very close to ski fields. The international airport is ten minutes from school and downtown. Queenstown, a vibrant tourist destination is safe and supportive for students. International students love and thrive studying here.



Contact details


Wakatipu High School
47-49 Red Oaks Drive
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Phone number

+64 3 442 7370
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