Unlock a world of possibilities at Pakuranga College! Create unforgettable memories and make lifelong friends, all while gaining a world-class education in one of the world's safest and most beautiful countries.
A highly regarded co-ed high school situated in Auckland, Pakuranga College is close to beaches and parks and is just 20 minutes from the city centre. Our students in Years 9 to 12 are required to wear uniform, however, Year 13 students wear smart casual clothing of their choice.
Pakuranga College lies just southeast of Auckland city centre, giving us the advantage of being close to many amenities. It is located in a quiet, desirable, residential suburb with high quality housing, We offer spacious grounds and a lush green environment that is close to beautiful beaches, parks and excellent shopping malls.
Facilities & Curriculum
Pakuranga College offers a wide range of university approved subjects and courses, many of which are not available in all schools. Study Outdoor Education and discover the famous natural beauty of New Zealand, or opt for future-focused courses such as Robotics, Communications and Product Design. Our school has established itself as a national leader in eLearning and has also won a number of awards for student achievement in the field of software design and development, including VR.
International students can take advantage of our state-of-the-art facilities, including 3 gymnasiums, heated swimming pool, visual arts suite, media studio, dance and drama studios, astro turf and extensive playing fields.
Stay with a local New Zealand family, and experience life as a Kiwi in one of the safest and most beautiful countries in the world!
We offer homestay accommodation in comfortable, middle class homes. These are carefully chosen by our Homestay Coordinators who is in regular contact with families. Weekly homestay fees can be paid in advance to Pakuranga College for the duration of the student's stay. We will then pay the fees on your behalf into the homestay family's bank account.
International Student Support
We have been hosting international students at Pakuranga College for around 20 years. All school staff are involved in making our students’ experience as positive as possible. The International Office has team of 5 staff who are dedicated to the care and welfare of our students, and we offer 24/7 support.
Education outside the classroom
Hospitality & Catering
Year 13 Class
At Pakuranga College our international students will begin their lifelong learning journey with us in a New Zealand education system that is world-class, modern and responsive. Our student-centred approach means that each student is treated as an individual and experiences a learning journey that is tailored to their needs.
Pastoral care and support for is a critical part of our program here at Pakuranga College and we have a wonderful team of staff dedicated to the needs of our international students.
"Hi, my name is Anthony Dao (Đào Thế Anh), a Vietnamese international student at Pakuranga College and I have been studying at this school for over a year.
One of the significant differences between studying in New Zealand in general and at Pakuranga College and studying in Vietnam is the learning style. It makes me feel like it is less stressful than studying in Vietnam. I don’t have to study all the subjects, but I can choose the subjects I prefer instead. Therefore, I have more time to rest and get involved in other exciting activities. At Pakuranga College, they teach me to be more productive, imaginative, I get to practice more than just learning the theory. Teachers always make the lesson more fun and enjoyable, so I don’t get bored.
When I first came to New Zealand, I was extremely nervous about everything: my English, my confidence, my background. However, after a few months, things got smoother and I was used to this entirely new life. At first, my English was so bad that I couldn't even answer a simple question like “How’s your day going”, and then I found making friends was the best way for me to improve my English. As my English improved everything else changed, I was able to communicate, contribute to lessons at school and my learning just got better and better.
The best thing about studying and living in New Zealand is that I’ve experienced the balance of the lifestyle. In Vietnam, the most essential part of my life is studying. In New Zealand, everything is equal. I work hard, study hard, but there is plenty of time to spend on myself or with my friends. I think this helps me a lot as a teenager - a part of life that I need to learn, participate, experience for the preparation of becoming an adult."
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