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Kavanagh College

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

Kavanagh College is the only Catholic high school in the city of Dunedin and consequently places at the College are sought after.  We are situated on the hills overlooking the city centre and Otago harbour.  Our buildings are modern and only 5 minutes away from an Olympic sized swimming pool, bowling greens, golf courses and the harbour for water sports.

We are a high decile school with excellent academic, sporting and cultural results.  Studying at Kavanagh provides you an excellent pathway to Universities around the world.  We have a wide subject choice and religious studies is not compulsory for you.

Dunedin is a university city and welcomes students from all over the world.  Dunedin is only 3-4 hours’ drive from Queenstown, known as the adventure capital of New Zealand.


Contact Kavanagh College
Physical address

340 Rattray Street
9054 Dunedin
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Phone numbers

64 3 477 3408

  • Number of students: 850
  • Number of international students: 30-35
  • Male and Female

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
  • Wifi on campus


  • Homestay

Religious Facilities (on-site)

  • Chapel
  • Muslim Prayer Space
  • Physical Education Programme includes fitness training, underwater hockey, touch, gridiron, badminton, rafting, mountain biking and outdoor education experiences include skiing, snowboarding and tramping 
  • Music: Choir, A Cappella vocal ensemble, Show Band, Jazz Combo, School Orchestra, Rock Bands 
  • Drama: A Major Musical Production annually. Many of the senior dramas are performed around the city in Museums and Art Galleries – NZ Top Scholar 2011. 
  • Sports: Football, Rugby, Basketball, Netball, Futsal, Surfing, Rowing, to name a few
  • Languages: French, German, Spanish, Latin
Dunedin and Coastal Otago is a region of natural beauty overlaid with a fascinating cultural history, often referred to as the eco-capital of New Zealand.

The Otago coast stretches from the Waitaki north of Oamaru to the mighty Clutha River south of Dunedin. A must see are the mysterious Moeraki boulders.

Start at the north. New Zealand's Waitaki district is a place of haunting natural beauty with green pastures and small picture-book fishing villages. Stop in at Oamaru and look at the historic whitestone architecture, an amazing townscape that towers over a modest community.

Dunedin is New Zealand's city of the south. Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, it wears its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The accommodation is good and plentiful; equally so, the natural attractions. On Dunedin’s doorstep you will find incredible wildlife including the world’s rarest penguins and, at Taiaroa Head, the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross.

Head further south, and you join the Southern Scenic Route, a must-do of the South Island that follows the wild coast down to Invercargill and then north-west to Manapouri and Te Anau.
Main centres: 

Dunedin, Oamaru


Balclutha, Milton, Mosgiel, Port Chalmers

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
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