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Western Heights High School


Bay of Plenty


Western Heights is the largest High School in Rotorua. Rotorua is the Maori cultural Heart of New Zealand. Rotorua is also the major tourist destination in the North Island of New Zealand. Rotorua is situated in a Geothermal wonderland of boiling mud and erupting geysers. Adventure Tourism and a spirit of fun underscores most of the many activities offered in Rotorua city.

Our strength is our whanaungatanga (family), the core of our school culture, embracing all staff, students both domestic and international, and their families.

Western Heights High School is a proud provider of secondary education, recognized as the “School of Choice” for local students and offering an international student programme providing a unique experience enjoyed by students from around the world.

Western Heights High School is a state, coeducational school with a student body of 1550, offering an education from Year 9 to Year 13. Our students are predominantly of European and  Maori descent although we have many cultures and ethnicities represented within our student body.

We welcome all cultures, all people, each adding their own distinctive touch to our school.


Western Heights High School offers something different to international students:

  • Coeducational and non-denominational
  • Most popular and largest High School in Rotorua (1,500 students)
  • Superb pastoral care and student safety
  • Academic excellence
  • A huge diversity in extra – curricular activities offered
  • Homestays
  • Learn and Join Maori Kapa Haka
  • International Languages – Japanese, French, Spanish and Chinese
  • Visual and Performing Arts – We are national Leaders

More about Western Heights High School

Student Testimonials

"It is hard to put all the 'awesomeness' into a few sentences.  It has been a great, unique experience.  No one can take these memories from me ever.  I can think back to a great memory every single day, there was always something special happening."

"This year has been one of my best year's of my life.  I have met a lot of people here in Rotorua.  I think that it is really worth it to come and have this kind of experience.  I made some really good friends and if I could live this experience again, I would repeat it.  Thank you for everything."

"I came to NZ to learn more about English and to learn more about New Zealand culture and it's better than I expected. WHHS is the perfect school to go to as an international student. They are very prepared to have all the International Students like me. I'll always remember this experience."

"This was the best year of my life. I've met lots of people and I made heaps of close friends that I won't forget. Also Heights is just amazing, I love all the teachers."


Contact details


Western Heights High School
70 Old Quarry Road
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Phone number

+64 07 349 5940
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