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Hawke's Bay

Main Centres

  • Napier Pop. 62,800

  • Hastings Pop. 80,600



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  • Māori culture
  • Airport
  • Arts and Culture
  • Cafe Culture
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Hawke’s Bay schools provide a broad range of academic subjects, along with opportunities to enjoy sports and the arts. Education institutions have relatively low numbers of international students, making it easier to become part of the community, while vocational programmes in subjects such as viticulture, horticulture and organic farming offer students the chance to learn through innovative, hands-on training.

Where can I study?

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Hawke’s Bay has a wide selection of primary, intermediate and secondary schools, including state-funded public schools and private boarding schools. The Eastern Institute of Technology is the main tertiary education provider.

Why you should study in Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay includes schools that are among the best in the country.

The region has a cluster of single-sex private (state-integrated) and co-educational schools with international reputations for sporting and academic achievements. The schools often have 100% pass rates for the National Certificate in Educational Attainment (NCEA), the main secondary school qualification in New Zealand.

Students can stay in quality on-site boarding rooms or in homestays with families who have similar interests to them. Short-stay students are also give a warm welcome in Hawke’s Bay.

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Study in Hawke’s Bay and you’ll find it easy to become part of the friendly, close-knit community.

Education institutions in the region have relatively low numbers of international students, enabling students to have more one-to-one time with teachers and tutors.

The lower ratio of international students also makes it easier to make Kiwi friends, experience a new culture and practice your English language skills.

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Horticulture, viticulture, winemaking and aviation are among the practical programmes available to study in the Hawke’s Bay region.

You can also study organic and biodynamic farming, courses that include work experience on farms.

Vocational programmes emphasise hands-on practical training to ensure you’re work-ready upon graduation.

The range of levels of subjects offered by Hawke’s Bay institutions give international students pathways to further study in New Zealand or overseas.

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Learn more about studying in Hawke’s Bay

Famous around the world as ‘Wine Country’, Hawke’s Bay has a huge range of adventures and activities to offer international students. With world-class events, a breathtaking natural environment, a Mediterranean-style climate and affordable living, Hawke’s Bay is the ideal place to live while you study.

Why you should live in Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay has a diverse calendar of events and entertainment options.

The region’s world-class venues host many of New Zealand’s most popular events, including concerts, food and wine festivals, international sports competitions and Horse of the Year - Australasia’s largest equestrian event.

If you’re into outdoor activities, Hawke’s Bay has lots to choose from. The region is home to three of the official New Zealand Cycle Trails, and has more than 35 native bush walks to experience.

You can even swim with sharks in the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier.

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Sun-soaked Hawke’s Bay is known for its superb wine and fantastic food.

It’s New Zealand’s oldest wine region, with more than 80 wineries, and hosts one of the country’s oldest farmers’ markets every Sunday morning. Produce ranges from super-fresh fruit and vegetables to award-winning local cheese.

The gourmet food and wine culture is an integral part of Hawke’s Bay education and training. International students can study food and wine subjects, and work in the region’s vineyards and food production companies.

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With relatively low costs for accommodation, homestays, transport and recreation, Hawke’s Bay is an affordable study destination for international students.

Hawke’s Bay is also known for a warm climate that encourages an outdoor lifestyle. Summers are legendary, with long hot days and warm nights, while winters are short and mild.

The region is conveniently-centrally located, making it a great base from which to explore New Zealand. Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are just a one-hour flight away.

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Learn more about living in Hawke’s Bay

With its strong food and wine culture, Hawke’s Bay has seasonal work and graduate jobs opportunities in the horticulture, viticulture, food retail and tourism businesses. Studying wine science in Hawke’s Bay could set you on a path to working in vineyards locally and around the world.

Why you should work in Hawke’s Bay

If you love wine, Hawke’s Bay is the right place for study and work.

The region has strong pathways from training to employment for graduates with food and wine science qualifications. Hawke’s Bay wine-making graduates work in vineyards locally and around the world.

6.7% of people in the Hawke’s Bay are employed in the horticulture and viticulture industries - much higher than the rest of the country. Hawke’s Bay also specialises in food and drink manufacturing, and several large multinational food processing companies are based in the region.


Many New Zealand and international businesses are transferring their industry operations to Hawke’s Bay because of its lower operational and commercial costs, and to offer employees an attractive lifestyle destination.

The Government has also identified potential growth for Hawke’s Bay in forestry, livestock farming, horticulture and tourism, which would provide further job opportunities for graduates.

The region’s two cities, Napier and Hastings, have had strong jobs growth, which is expected to continue.

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Hawke’s Bay’s food production and wine industries generate part-time work for students year-round.

About half of New Zealand’s apples and stone fruit are grown in Hawke’s Bay, which is regarded as the fruit bowl of New Zealand.

Jobs are also available in the related tourism and food retail businesses that promote the area’s gourmet food and wine culture.

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Discover more about the Hawke's Bay region at learninghawkesbay.nz/

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