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Wanganui Girls' College

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

Success for all students in a girls' only environment is our goal. We provide an excellent education with outstanding outcomes for domestic and international students. Students can be accommodated in our on-site hostel or in family homestay accomodation. Access to the complete New Zealand experience including skiing, beaches, bush and city activities are on offer. Students also develop lifelong friendships and improve their English language skills in a safe, caring environment. Graduating students move on to tertiary study in New Zealand, back in their home country or to another country to be true international citizens.

Contact Wanganui Girls' College
Physical address

21 Jones Street
4500 Wanganui
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Phone numbers

06 3490 944

  • Number of students: 380
  • Number of international students: 6
  • Females only

Qualifications available

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

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


  • Boarding hostel
  • Homestay
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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