Bay of Plenty
Whakatane High School welcomes students from a wide range of other countries. We currently have 35 international students here from Germany, Austria, Italy, Finland, Slovakia, Japan & Chile.
We are located in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, close to the best beach in New Zealand, where the school offers regular surf lessons during summer. Our area has the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand.
The school offers a Marine Studies Course, which includes a scuba dive course and several diving trips, including one to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
We offer Outdoor Education as a subject. This includes many trips including white water rafting, canoeing, high ropes, snow skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking. We are a member of the Outdoor Education New Zealand group of schools and you can find us on www.outdoorednz.co.nz
Students can also join a sports team in the following sports:
"I think it took me several months to actually realize that I will live here for one year in this beautiful country. And it really is beautiful, not just the beaches and palm trees which keep make me feel like I am on holiday, even the people are much more open and friendly than back home. During my time here I have been involved in many sporting activities like volleyball, football and snowboarding and even tried rugby, so life in New Zealand became normal. That’s probably why I don´t really miss my old life back in Germany. I am too busy doing fun stuff in and outside school. Now, as my time at Whakatane High is nearly over, I realise how fast the time has flown by and at the same time how many awesome experiences I have had. The memories will last a lifetime."
"I had the pleasure to attend Whakatane High School for more than a year as an international exchange student, and it was an amazing and uncomparable experience. In the last year, I not only improved my English quite a lot, I also got also involved with a new, unique culture, rowed successfully at different national competitions, and last of all I got to know a whole bunch of special people. Many of them became good friends and a few I can now call my second family."