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Wakatipu High School

Secondary (Years 9-13, approx age 13-17)

Queenstown's high school, Wakatipu High School, has as its mission "to deliver great all-round education that enables our students to reach for their heights" and that is what they do every day. The key priority in this great all-round education is student learning, progress and achievement, and our results are testament to the very high levels of academic achievement of our students.

Our goal is to provide opportunities for all students to develop to their full potential by discovering and building on their strengths. In 2016 79% of our students gained entrance to university along with a range of other qualifications. 

Unique Features:

  • Successful, well-rounded graduates
  • Successful, multi-talented, motivated teachers
  • Successful outdoor recreation programme

We have culturally diverse and talented students with a high degree of individual spirit and a broad view of the world and its opportunities. They reach their full academic, physical and social potential in a positive, personal and caring environment. Academically they achieve above national average and go on to successful tertiary studies and careers.  

We are situated in picturesque Queenstown, known as “the jewel” in New Zealand’s scenic splendour. It is the “Number 1” 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.

We are excited to be moving to a total new campus and school in 2018.

Contact Wakatipu High School
Physical address

68 Fryer Street
9130 Queenstown
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Phone numbers

64 3 442 7370

  • Number of students: 950
  • Number of international students: 45
  • Male and Female

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Career guidance
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus


  • Homestay

We have outstanding outdoor opportunities. In particular, skiing, ice hockey and snowboarding in winter. In summer rowing, tennis, golf and tramping

Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s top visitor destinations and if you come to the region you’ll understand why.
The town sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic ranges.

The lake and mountain landscape make it suited to all kinds of adventure. There’s skiing in the winter and activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting all year round. If hardcore adventure isn't your thing, there are plenty of mellow options available. Experience one of the many walking and hiking trails, sightseeing tours or indulge yourself  with spa treatments, boutique shopping and excellent food and wine.

Head out of Queenstown and the drama of the Central Otago landscape unfolds around you. If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan you’ll recognise many of the locations of Middle-earth here. Twenty minutes from Queenstown, Arrowtown’s gold-mining history is alive and vibrant. Visit the Lakes District Museum or go gold panning. Forty minutes from Queenstown at the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu is rural Glenorchy and Paradise Valley. From here it’s a short drive into the Mt Aspiring National Park and the start of some of New Zealand’s great walks.
Main centres: 

Queenstown Central


Arrowtown, Glenorchy

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
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