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Secondary schools in Gisborne that welcome international students have particularly strong English language learning programmes. The Eastern Institute of Technology offers more than 60 programmes, from certificates to diplomas to degrees, and is internationally recognised for its winemaking courses.

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Gisborne’s education providers include the Eastern Institute of Technology, eight secondary schools and 53 primary schools.

Why you should study in Gisborne

Gisborne is known for its safe, friendly schools.

Secondary schools that accept international students have a long tradition have a long tradition of integrating students from many countries into their school communities.

Students are hosted by welcoming homestay families. Schools offer exceptional support for international students and abide by the national pastoral care guidelines.

Gisborne also has 53 primary schools and two intermediate schools.

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One of New Zealand’s most important wine production areas, Gisborne is an excellent choice for students who want hands-on experience of studying for a career in winemaking.

Students studying grape growing and winemaking at the Eastern Institute of Technology’s Tairāwhiti campus are able to make wine and take part in the day-to-day operation of vineyards.

The students work in an on-campus commercial vineyard and in a range of commercial vineyards and wineries throughout the region. EIT’s wine science and viticulture courses are internationally recognised, and an ideal place to start your career in the wine industry.


Gisborne’s secondary schools run excellent English language programmes for students who come to New Zealand with the goal of improving their English.

Schools have well-established English language programmes. Gisborne is an immersive English language environment, with most students speaking English as a first language, and the smaller class sizes enable teachers to give international students more one-to-one attention.

Gisborne Boys’ High School, for example, has a specialist teacher of English language learning, runs small ESOL classes, and offers students up to eight hours of English language support a week. Gisborne Girls’ High School offers at least eight hours of English language classes a week.

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The first city in the world to see the sun each morning, Gisborne has a reputation for long hot summers, incredible surf beaches and superb wine and food. Study in Gisborne and you’ll enjoy a relaxing, stress-free pace of life in a stunning natural landscape.

Why you should live in Gisborne

Gisborne is famous for having some of New Zealand’s best beaches and coastal scenery in uncrowded, beautiful natural environments.

You can get away from the pressures of city life, yet still enjoy cafes, restaurants, shops and bars. It’s a popular festival destination with regular festivals of music, wine and food.

With its close-knit, semi-rural communities, Gisborne is a compact and easy-going place to live. It’s surrounded by world-class surf beaches, vineyards, groves of citrus trees and wild rivers.

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The Gisborne region has a rich Māori culture and heritage, and 45% of its population identify as Māori.

You can see carved meeting houses, Māori churches and historical sites, and Māori art, or watch a Māori cultural performance.

Mt Hikurangi is the sacred mountain of the Ngati Porou people, and Te Urerewa - the largest untouched native forest in the North Island - is the homeland of the Tuhoe people.

Explore Te Urewera on the Lake Waikaremoana track, which follows the shores of the lake and leads you through rainforests, wetlands, mist-filled valleys and a magical ‘goblin forest’.

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Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sun each day.

Catch the sunrise of a lifetime at the summit of Mt Hikurangi, the highest non-volcanic peak in New Zealand. Walk or take a four-wheel drive up the mountain to be the first to see the new dawn.

Gisborne also has a fascinating history to explore. It has a long and rich Māori history, is the scene of English navigator Captain Cook’s first landfall in New Zealand, and is the area where Māori and Europeans first met each other.

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Gisborne’s warm, sunny summers and mild winters produce the perfect conditions for growing fruit and vegetables, and many jobs opportunities for students in the region are in orchards, farms and vineyards. Studying winemaking in Gisborne could launch your career working in wineries around the world.

Why you should work in Gisborne

If you want a career in the wine industry, Gisborne is a smart study choice.

One of the country’s four major grape-growing regions, Gisborne is known as the chardonnay capital of New Zealand

With 90 local growers, 20 wineries, a large wine bottling plant, one of New Zealand’s leading grapevine nurseries and an internationally-recognised wine and viticulture course at the Eastern Institute of Technology, Gisborne offers international students opportunities to study and work.

Gisborne winemaking graduates work in vineyards in the region and around the world.

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Gisborne students may be able to find seasonal work picking fruit and working in vineyards.

Thanks to its dry and sunny climate, the region has strong horticulture and farming industries. Gisborne needs seasonal workers to help produce crops such as grapes, citrus fruit, apples, kiwifruit, lettuces and tomatoes.

Other businesses in the area that may be a source of student jobs include tourism, cereal processing, cheese-making, beer and cider production, the honey industry and organic farming.

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One of the largest trades academies in New Zealand, the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) offers job-oriented courses designed with the help of industry.

The institute aims to produce highly-skilled graduates with workplace-relevant skills who can meet the demands of the region’s employers as well as the wider employment market.

EIT networks closely with the local community to help students establish strong relationships with local employers.

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Discover more about the Gisborne region at outeast.co.nz

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