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Oxford Area School

Primary/Intermediate/Secondary (Years 1-13, approx age 5-17)

A new international educational experience
  • Only 40 minutes north of Christchurch
  • Nestled in a recreational paradise of mountains, forests, rivers, plains
  • Outdoor Education, Agriculture and Astronomy specialists
  • A boutique sized school with a culture of excellence, innovation and creativity
  • Many sporting and cultural opportunities
  • Semi-rural homestays on school bus routes

The Southern Alps, Mount Oxford, Oxford Forest and rivers are all close to our village which is found on the northern Canterbury Plains, meaning there are a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities on our doorstep.

Cycling, mountain biking, climbing, hiking, fishing, horse riding, skiing and farm activities like quad biking and shooting, are just some of the activities you can easily participate in here.

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Contact Oxford Area School
Physical address

52 Bay Road
7430 Oxford, North Canterbury
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Phone numbers

(0064) 03 3124197

  • Number of students: 550
  • Number of international students: 10
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • National Standards Testing
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

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


  • Homestay

Religious Clubs

  • Christian

All students have had multiple school experiences as juniors in the outdoors. They will have completed a water skills based course, a week in a mountain environment with tramping, river rafting, ropes courses, confidence building and team work activities, as well as a snow experience with snow skills including snowboarding and/or skiing. Senior students specialising in Outdoor Education often assist on the junior programme so that leadership skills can also be practised. The senior Outdoor Education programme involves travel over the South Island.

Canterbury stretches from ocean to the Alps, and is a land of plains and peaks. It is a place of variety and innumerable attractions.

Within two hours of an international airport, you can ski, play golf, bungy jump, go whitewater rafting, mountain biking, wind surfing, whale watching, and visit world-class vineyards and gardens. Where else in the world can you do that?

A must-see is New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook. Go hiking in Arthur’s Pass National Park or just wander around the picturesque bays and villages of Banks Peninsula. And then there’s New Zealand's second-largest city, Christchurch known as 'The Garden City'.

Christchurch is a beautiful city where you can cycle alongside the river, stay in good hotels and indulge in fine sophisticated dining, and a city where, just 15 minutes from the centre, you can scramble up mountain bike tracks or ride a wave at a surf beach.
Main centres: 

Akaroa, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Timaru


Amberley, Aoraki / Mount Cook, Arthur's Pass, Ashburton, Cheviot, Christchurch, Fairlie, Geraldine, Kaiapoi, Kurow, Lake Tekapo, Lyttelton, Methven, Omarama, Rangiora, Temuka, Twizel, Waimate, Waipara, Weedons

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
Christchurch Educated is the local education organisation
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