William Colenso College


William Colenso College
21 Arnold Street
Hawke's Bay

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Phone number

+64 6 831 0180

William Colenso College is a state owned, co-educational day school situated near the centre of the city of Napier. Napier, a small seaside city of 55,000 people, is on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is just 50 minutes by air, or a pleasant 5-6 hour car drive, from the International Airport of Auckland and about the same distance from the capital city of Wellington. The school was founded in 1959 and has been successfully hosting international students since the mid 1990s. We offer students from all corners of the world the opportunity to live, learn and achieve in a happy, relaxed environment. The school's dedicated staff is justly proud of its outstanding success rate with international students wishing to gain entry into university.

Key information

  • Male and Female

    Male and Female

  • 413

    Total number of students

  • 22

    International students

  • Hawke's Bay Region

    Hawke's Bay Region

More about William Colenso College

  • Winners take all

    Winners take all

  • Kayaking


William Colenso College offers a wide range of Science, Arts and Cultural subjects such as Photography, Dance, Hospitality, Design, Contruction, Engineering, etc.  There are opportunities to participate in many different sports including kayaking, rugby, soccer, hockey, badminton, cricket, tennis, basketball, etc.  In 2007 w.c.c. gained the top award in New Zealand for its Outdoor Education programme and was runner-up in 2013.
The International Department staff includes a Director, a Homestay Co-ordinator, a bilingual ESOL Teacher and two International Teacher Aides.


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