Whangarei Boys' High School was founded in 1881 and we have been welcoming International Students to our school for nearly two decades. Whangarei is a medium size city approximately a two hours drive or 30 minutes flight north of Auckland. Whangarei, situated in one of the fastest growing regions of New Zealand, blends city living with a coastal environment and boasts many fine beaches.
International Students are welcome to enrol and start school at any time during the school year. Normally the New Zealand high school year begins at the end of January and ends early December.
We are a culturally diverse school with students from all over Northland. Our roll includes 39% Maori, plus students from China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, and Thailand. Ours is a culturally responsive and welcoming environment dedicated to the development of strong inter-cultural relationships within the school and with our sister schools in Japan and China.
Whangarei Boys’ High School has one of the best outdoor education programmes in the country with the opportunity to experience many disciplines and travel to outdoor pursuit competitions. Our Golf Academy is ground-breaking with professionals and related technology all available.
Our high calibre science-based education regularly sees students excel beyond national standards and their academic outcomes surpass those of all other New Zealand boys’ schools.
The International Student Centre provides students with a wide range of services from help with choosing subjects, insurance and helping with obtaining visas. The Director of International Students is available 24 hours a day for students, agents and parents.
Whangarei Boys’ High School welcomes between 10 and 15 international students every year from all around the world.
We offer long term and short stay options, with sporting and outdoor education programmes such as golf, scuba diving and surfing, along with ESOL classes and a wide range of academic classes.
Our students are looked after by a dedicated and supportive International Team to ensure they enjoy the best Northland has to offer.
Our on-site Golf Academy and boarding hostel set us apart from other schools in the region.
Accommodation & support
International students have the choice of staying at Carruth House, our school hostel, or with a New Zealand homestay family. Many of our students make life long friends with the people they stay with, often returning to visit long after they leave school.