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Hillcrest High School

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

Hillcrest High School is a  state co-educational school for Years 9-13 with a roll of approximately 1750 students, including  50 International Students.  

We are located in the southeast sector of Hamilton, near Waikato University.  The school provides quality education with national recognition for student's success- in their academic, cultural and sporting life. There are specialist facilities for art, music, physical education (two gymnasiums), computing, graphics, workshop technologies and food and nutrition facilities. We have enthusiastic, highly experienced music and drama departments.

A large, modern International Centre offers award winning Pastoral support and is home to our ELL Department. English language tuition is provided at all levels and an International Homework Centre is held after school on Tuesdays. As well as ELL trained teachers, we have ELL trained support staff who work with small groups of students in mainstream classes or in small tutorials.A foundation programme is available for junior students. In the senior school, ELL classes focus on academic English and NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3. We take great pride in the academic achievement of our English Language learners. Students are encouraged to enter into all school activities and to take leadership roles.

International Students participate in our annual camp, the Autumn Gala and the International Concert. There are many opportunities to play sport, join clubs and join in the wider school community with an emphasis on our extensive curricular and extra-curricular opportunities. Year 10 students can apply to join the five week experience on Great Barrier Island (there is an extra cost for this). We have highly effective pastoral care and offer many opportunities for our ELL and International students to connect with other students in the wider school community. 

Contact Hillcrest High School
Physical address

141 Masters Avenue Hillcrest
3251 Hamilton
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Phone numbers

64 7 857 0297 ext 839

  • Number of students: 1,750
  • Number of international students: 50
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • Foundation Programme
  • Cambridge International Examinations
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

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


  • Homestay

Religious Clubs

  • Christian

The International Department promotes a wide range of social, cultural and sporting activities in addition to the school's successful academic record. The annual International Camp, International Concert, 10 pin Bowling, Dinners and BBQ's plus other activities all encourage participation and enjoyment of school and community based activities. Peer tutors are available to provide individual support. A very supportive environment is provided with assistance available from the academic Deans, Career and Guidance Counsellors, Sports Director, International Director and our full time nurse.

Just south of Auckland lies the Hamilton-Waikato region; a land of lush pastures and fertile soils that was chosen to play The Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.

Well-known for its underground wonders, black sand surf beaches and rolling green hills, the region offers a wealth of nature-based activities and attractions surrounding a vibrant city hub.

If you’re a Tolkien fan, drive east to Matamata and visit Hobbiton Movie Set, the amazing Hobbit-sized village created for the movies. Or if surfing is more your style, then Raglan is the perfect spot for you, with one of the longest left hand breaks in the world.

For a magical underground experience, drive south to Waitomo Caves, where the natural beauty of stalactites and stalagmites lit by the blue light of glowworms will take your breath away; or for those seeking more of an adrenalin rush, black water rafting and abseiling are not to be missed.

Known for its scenic diversity, the Hamilton and Waikato region offers a myriad of options for those keen on walking, hiking and cycling, from casual strolls along the Waikato River to overnight bush excursions and winding mountain biking tracks. A popular spot is Maungatautari Ecological Reserve, which allows walkers to experience the New Zealand forest as it was hundreds of years ago, thanks to the special predator-free environment.

The city of Hamilton boasts stunning gardens, plentiful shopping and a popular nightlife and restaurant scene including award-winning eateries and exciting entertainment. With abundant accommodation, Hamilton is the perfect base for exploring the wider region.
Main centres: 

Waitomo Caves


Cambridge, Hamilton, Huntly, Karapiro, Kawhia, Matamata, Morrinsville, Ngaruawahia, Otorohanga, Putaruru, Raglan, Te Aroha, Te Awamutu, Te Kuiti, Tirau, Tokoroa

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
Study Waikato is the local education organisation
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