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Wanganui Collegiate School

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

We are a school of more than 400 with 10% of the roll made up of international students from all parts of the globe. All our international students are boarders, and they live with the New Zealand students in one of our six houses. This gives all of the boarding houses a truly multi-national feel and also encourages our overseas students to make friends with the locals. English is spoken in all classes and in the houses, so our international students pick up language skills very quickly. Wanganui Collegiate School stands apart from other New Zealand schools for its traditional British-style boarding environment and the consistently high academic performance of students. We guarantee our international students a very warm welcome.Click here for our International Prospectus.

Contact Wanganui Collegiate School
Physical address

132 Liverpool Street
4500 Wanganui
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Phone numbers

+64 6 349 0210 extn 823

  • Number of students: 430
  • Number of international students: 47
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

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


  • Boarding hostel

Religious Facilities (on-site)

  • Chapel
  • Multi-faith
Wanganui Collegiate School is a seven-day boarding school. Home stays are arranged for international students during the school holidays. Our impressive campus is guaranteed to make a lasting impression on visitors, with buildings old and new
that reflect both the proud history of the School and the modern age. It is the ideal environment in which young people can live, study and enjoy their leisure time together in complete safety and harmony. Our English Language Centre is situated at the heart of the campus. 
Whanganui was one of the first cities to be founded in New Zealand. Whanganui, meaning ‘big river’ comes from the great river that flows through it.

The city is picturesque and has much to show the visitor. Prominent heritage buildings in the city include the Whanganui Opera House and the Sarjeant Art Gallery. Visit the regional museum and see the magnificent collection of Lindauer portraits and Māori treasures. And have a look at one of the more unusual attractions, the earthbound elevator that rises to the top of Durie Hill.

But the real heart of this place, both physically and spiritually, is the Whanganui River. In early times the river was an important transport route for Māori and European settlers. Today, the Whanganui National Park is a place of river adventures where you can zip up the river by jetboat or cruise it by paddle steamer. For a kayaking experience, try the ‘Whanganui Journey’ which starts in Taumaranui and ends in Pipiriki, taking you through stunning bush-clad hill country and long narrow gorges. Time, indeed, to go with the flow.
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