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Awatapu College

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

Awatapu College is in Palmerston North, the lower North Island. Palmerston North is known as the ‘Knowledge City’.  The opportunities to experience ‘Kiwi’ life and speak English are greater in Palmerston North as it does not have a large concentration of any one nationality. A modern high school for 13-19 year old students, Awatapu College has well-planned buildings and specialised facilities. Intensive English classes and extensive academic support across the school are provided to all international students so every learning need is met. Awatapu College provides a wide selection of subjects, from Calculus to Fashion Design, ensuring all international students achieve their personal best. Awatapu College has firm boundaries with a supportive and nurturing pastoral care system.

Contact Awatapu College
Physical address

434 Botanical Road Awapuni
4412 Manawatu
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Phone numbers

64 6 356 4817 ext 8883
64 6 356 4817 ext 8847

  • Number of students: 700
  • Number of international students: 40
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services


  • Homestay
Awatapu College excels in visual and performing arts, creativity, engineering and technology. Activities outside the classroom in culture, music and sport are encouraged among international students. Awatapu College is privileged to have the top jazz singer in the country coordinating the school’s performing arts; hence there are many opportunities for students to perform in concerts. Football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton and rugby are some of the popular sports at the school. Education New Zealand 2009 National Award Winner ‘Excellence in International Student Support
The Manawatu is heartland New Zealand. A landscape that sweeps from the sea to the Tararua Ranges, it offers an exciting range of adventure activities.

Choose from rafting, kayaking, blokarting, horse trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing and a host of other activities.

If you want to experience country life, it’s all around you. Go to a real stock auction. This is where the farmers buy and sell their farm animals, gathering around pens as the auctioneer rattles off bids. Stock auctions are one of New Zealand’s oldest traditions, dating back to the 1880s.

Or you could find a farmstay and meet farmers whose families have been on the land for generations.

There's a great diversity of attractions in Manawatu. In the vibrant student city of Palmerston North you can explore the world’s first museum devoted to rugby. If you’re a garden lover there are some fabulous public and private gardens to see, including one of the top rose gardens in the world. And a little way down the road around Horowhenua you’ll find such quirky attractions as an owl park, a farm devoted to Clydesdales and a fully operational Dutch windmill.
Main centres: 

Palmerston North


Bulls, Dannevirke, Feilding, Foxton, Marton, Pahiatua, Shannon, Taihape, Woodville

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
Education Manawatu is the local education organisation
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