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Bethlehem College

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


Bethlehem College welcomes students from different countries around the world. We believe it is essential for young people to experience a well-rounded education during their time with us. While we have high expectations for academic progress, we also encourage students to become involved in the many cultural, sporting and service opportunities the school offers.

We do our best to provide a caring, loving and supportive environment for them, not only at school, but also in their homestay families. We encourage parents to make at least one visit to New Zealand whilst a child is studying here. It would be a wonderful opportunity to meet the family your child is living with, as well as visiting the School and staff.

Contact Bethlehem College
Physical address

24 Elder Lane Bethlehem
3110 Tauranga
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Phone numbers

64 7 579 1856

  • Number of students: 1,500
  • Number of international students: 60
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Career guidance
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services


  • Homestay

Religious Facilities (on-site)

  • Chapel
The Bay of Plenty region is home to spectacular beaches, juicy kiwifruit and picturesque views.

When James Cook arrived in 1769, he anchored off a great bay ‘full of plantations and villages’ that was, he noted ‘a bay of plenty’. The Bay of Plenty, today, is no less a place of plenty. Around Tauranga are hectares of orchards and gardens producing everything from kiwifruit and citrus fruit to avocados. Add to this bounty the local wines and the plentiful fresh seafood and you just know that this is a place where you will dine well.

Mount Maunganui, a short distance from Tauranga, has spectacular beaches which are a magnet for surfers all year round. For the adventurous, there’s skydiving and for those more keen on terra firma, blokarting (small land yachts) will blow the cobwebs away.

Visit White Island – a quick helicopter ride from Whakatane – and you can walk, yes, on an active volcano as it hisses, belches and rumbles. It’s that same geothermal activity that provides the hot pools and spas that you will find in many places where you can relax and let the world slide by. There is plentiful accommodation in the area; everything from bed and breakfasts through to hotels and boutique lodges.
Main centres: 

Tauranga, Whakatane


Katikati, Kawerau, Mount Maunganui, Opotiki, Te Puke, White Island (Whakaari)

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
Education Tauranga is the local student body
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