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Wanganui High School

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

Wanganui High School is a high-achieving co-educational school on the wild and beautiful west coast of the North Island of New Zealand.  Wanganui is a small and friendly town within easy reach of major cities and central North Island National Parks.  

We have about 1650 students and are able to offer a wide range of subjects including Outdoor Education and a full range of ESOL.  We are very successful academically and also in sport, performing and the visual arts.

Our thriving International Department delivers quality care and education to students from many countries. They have full academic and personal support 24/7.  We know that when our students are safe and happy, they achieve to their full potential.

Contact Wanganui High School
Physical address

Purnell Street
4541 Wanganui
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Phone numbers

64 6 349 0178
64 6 349 1181

  • Number of students: 1,650
  • Number of international students: 75
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • National Standards Testing
  • Foundation Programme
  • Cambridge International Examinations
  • Graduate Certificate

School features

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


  • Homestay

Wanganui High School has large playing fields, several gyms, extensive IT throughout the school, a recording studio, a dance studio, library, fully equipped technology classrooms and is located in a pleasant suburb close to the centre of town. Food can be purchased from the school canteen and microwave ovens and hot water are available for students.

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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