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Southland Girls' High School

Intermediate / Secondary (Years 7-13)

Southland Girls' High School is a high performing academic school.   Established in 1879, it has a proud history. It is the only state girls' year 7-13 school in New Zealand.  Learning is tailored to each student and a high standard of achievement and personal conduct is expected.  We offer a wide range of subjects and over 70 activities outside the classroom, and free Wi-Fi.  Situated next to an International swimming pool and within reach of the cycling velodrome, the city of Invercargill is in close proximity to National Parks, beaches and mountain ranges.  The school is 10 minutes from the town centre and airport.  We offer caring homestays and hostel accommodation and a dedicated Director of International students to support our international girls.

Contact Southland Girls' High School
Physical address

328 Tweed Street
9812 Invercargill
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Phone numbers

+64 3 211 6030

  • Number of students: 1150
  • Number of international students: 25
  • Females only

Qualifications available

  • Cambridge International Examinations
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

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


  • Boarding hostel
  • Homestay

The school is situated on 6.6 hectares.  Onsite we have two gymnasiums, specialist art rooms, Performing Arts Centre, specialist computer rooms and computers in the corridor for all to use, a dance room - as we are the only school in Invercargill that offers Dance as a curriculum subject, Fashion and Design and Food Technology suites, six specialist Science labs, music and drama rooms, a Cyber cafe and a school van.  ESOL is free and taught in a specialist room and available for use for all international girls.  Both Hostel and homestay accommodation is available.

Southland is a land of rugged coast and rolling plains, world-renowned Bluff oysters and the launching place for a visit to Stewart Island.

Southland’s largest centre is Invercargill. If you’re a garden lover you must see Queens Park and its 80 hectares of tree-lined walkways and diverse gardens. The city turns on the hospitality so, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay, you’ll find plenty of friendly and high standard accommodation.

Half an hour from Invercargill is the fishing port of Bluff. Known for its fabulous seafood, this is the place to taste the famous Bluff oysters. If you like bird watching, catch a ferry to Stewart Island where you’ll find a haven for native bird life and the only place in New Zealand where you have a fair chance of seeing kiwi in their native habitat.

And speaking of wildlife, head along the coast to the Catlins. The Catlins River Walk leads you through beech forest and is known for its hidden waterfalls and rare native birds. At Curio Bay you’ll find fossilized trees, over 180 million years old, embedded in coastal bedrock. And at Nugget Point you’ll find fur seals, sea lions, sooty shearwaters, shags, yellow-eyed penguins, spoonbills and a breeding colony of gannets. And if you look closely, you may see Hector's dolphins frolicking out in the waves.
Main centres: 



Bluff, Gore, Halfmoon Bay (oban), Owaka, Winton

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