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Waihi College

Intermediate / Secondary (Years 7-13)

Located in the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand's North Island West Coast, Waihi College enjoys huge grounds and spectacular natural scenery. We have our own kiwifruit orchard, farm unit, great facilities and outstanding sports, academic and arts courses. With Waihi Beach and Tauranga Harbour at our door step, we specialize in the outdoors. Our outdoor education and sports programmes are among the best in New Zealand and feature surfing, mountain biking, camping, climbing and kayaking right at our doorstep. Our English language courses cater for learners of all abilities and our excellent homestay services ensure all international students receive the very best of care. If this sounds like you, please visit our website and Facebook page for more information.

Contact Waihi College
Physical address

Kensington Road
3641 Waihi
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Phone numbers

00 64 7 863 8349
00 64 27 4755 900

  • Number of students: 700
  • Number of international students: 20 -30
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • National Standards Testing
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

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


  • Homestay

Waihi College has been hosting international students for many years and regularly hosts students from many parts of Europe, Asia and South America. We welcome the variety and diversity these students bring to Waihi College and we are committed to doing what we can to make their time here the best that it can be. All this makes Waihi College an exceptional place and an excellent option for international students.

The Bay of Plenty region is home to spectacular beaches, juicy kiwifruit and picturesque views.

When James Cook arrived in 1769, he anchored off a great bay ‘full of plantations and villages’ that was, he noted ‘a bay of plenty’. The Bay of Plenty, today, is no less a place of plenty. Around Tauranga are hectares of orchards and gardens producing everything from kiwifruit and citrus fruit to avocados. Add to this bounty the local wines and the plentiful fresh seafood and you just know that this is a place where you will dine well.

Mount Maunganui, a short distance from Tauranga, has spectacular beaches which are a magnet for surfers all year round. For the adventurous, there’s skydiving and for those more keen on terra firma, blokarting (small land yachts) will blow the cobwebs away.

Visit White Island – a quick helicopter ride from Whakatane – and you can walk, yes, on an active volcano as it hisses, belches and rumbles. It’s that same geothermal activity that provides the hot pools and spas that you will find in many places where you can relax and let the world slide by. There is plentiful accommodation in the area; everything from bed and breakfasts through to hotels and boutique lodges.
Main centres: 

Tauranga, Whakatane


Katikati, Kawerau, Mount Maunganui, Opotiki, Te Puke, White Island (Whakaari)

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
Education Tauranga is the local student body
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