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Thames High School

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

Thames High School, established in 1880, is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand, on the Coromandel Peninsula. We are a medium sized school offering a wide range of subjects whilst maintaining a caring, nurturing environment. Located in a safe, semi-rural town of about 7,000 people, our school and local community is exceptionally friendly and welcoming. We are very experienced at hosting students from around the world have a well-established International education program incorporating high quality ESOL classes. We offer a number of specialist subjects including Outdoor Education, a range of Technology subjects and a vibrant Arts sector. We support over thirty sporting codes and encourage participation at all levels.

Contact Thames High School
Physical address

Sealey Street
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Phone numbers

+64 7 868 8688
+64 27 949 0554

  • Number of students: 600
  • Number of international students: 20
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

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


  • Homestay
Thames High School is very well established and has modern classrooms, laboratories, computer suites and workshops. We have a very well-equipped library and technology block. The school gymnasium includes a rock-climbing wall and weights training equipment. We have a swimming pool, sports field, and courts for multiple sporting codes.
The Coromandel, with pristine beaches, native forests and laid-back vibe, is one of New Zealand’s most popular and best-loved holiday destinations.

A binocular’s view across the gulf from Auckland, the Coromandal is everything that a big city isn’t. Cloaked in native rainforest with dazzling white sand beaches, it is rustic, unspoiled and relaxed. Activities and attractions are plentiful. You might choose skydiving in Whitianga or a guided sea kayak tour around the coast.

You could take a walk in the coolness of the pristine bush - the Coromandel is a walker’s paradise – or simply sit and relax in a warm bubbling pool at Hot Water Beach.

The Coromandel is the home of many artists and craftspeople. Pop into their studios – you’re welcome to visit – and pick up a unique piece of art or pottery to take home with you. It’s also the home of many events and concerts that draw locals and visitors alike to this remarkable place. Staying in the Coromandel is easy. Most of the accommodation providers have found themselves spectacular locations so whether your tastes are for the upmarket or the simple, you’ll find a room – or tent site – with an amazing view.
Main centres: 



Coromandel Town, Hot Water Beach, Paeroa, Tairua, The Coromandel, Waihi, Whangamata, Whitianga

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
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