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Waitakere College

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

WELCOME TO WAITAKERE COLLEGE, in the beautiful city of AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND! Waitakere College warmly welcomes International students to our vibrant multi-cultural West Auckland secondary school. We have students from over 65 different cultures in our school and we celebrate diversity.

Waitakere College is currently a finalist in the Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Education in two areas, Excellence in Leadership and Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Our International Students are offered extensive ESOL support based on their English level as well as Academic Mentoring and support.  Our free homework club meets three times a week with subject teachers available for extra support on two of the three days and student support on the third.  Our English conversation group 'Korero' provides a fun way for International Students to improve their conversational English.  Caring Kiwi Buddies enjoy the opportunity to befriend our International Students and help them integrate into life at the College and in New Zealand.

There are numerous sporting codes, cultural groups and music opportunities for students to get involved with at Waitakere College, something for everyone to enjoy!

The College is a five minute walk to the train station providing easy access to the city for weekend activities.  Being in the West of Auckland means students are only a fifteen minute drive to the Waitakere rainforest as well as some of New Zealand's most iconic surf beaches.  Within a short walking distance of the College, students can access an Olympic sized swimming pool at the West Wave Aquatic Centre as well as a large shopping mall and well equipped and modern public library.

Waitakere College arranges their own high quality, caring homestay families who have a genuine interest in young people and want them to make the most of their time in New Zealand.  Our homestays are supportive and aware of the needs of International Students studying away from their families.

Contact Waitakere College
Physical address

Rathgar Rd Henderson
610 Auckland
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Phone numbers

64 9 838 6097

  • Number of students: 1300
  • Number of international students: 20
  • Male and Female

School features

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


  • Homestay

Our school canteen has a large menu of delicious and nutritious food and our International Department is equipped with a microwave and electric jug for students to heat their lunch.

With an irresistible combination of magnificent natural scenery and a vibrant city lifestyle, Auckland is a place of exciting contrasts and endless adventures.

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping, and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland, our largest and most diverse city.

More than just a city, Auckland is a whole region full of things to see and do. Best of all, with so many experiences close by it’s easy to hop from one adventure to the next.

A stunning natural playground

Auckland’s diverse landscapes provide countless opportunities to get immersed in nature. In the west, lush native rainforest plunges down the hills to meet the sea on dramatic black sand beaches, while the east’s sheltered golden sand beaches are fringed with red-flowering pohutukawa trees. To the north the rolling hills of wine country meet stunning coastlines and in the south you'll find picturesque country gardens, unspoilt forest and tranquil bays to explore.

Shopping and dining

Auckland is a shopaholic's paradise, with everything from top-end designers to open air street markets. Discover the diverse range of cafes and restaurants offering cuisine from around the globe and check out the buzzing nightlife of the central city. Favourite spots include Wynyard Quarter, the Viaduct Harbour, City Works Depot and the Britomart precinct.
Once you've seen the city, head out to one of Auckland's four distinct wine districts where you can sample local wines against the backdrop of vine-covered hills and sparkling ocean.

Hauraki Gulf and Islands

Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park encompasses an incredible 1.2 million hectares of coast, sea and islands – and there are so many ways to explore it. 
The jewel of the Hauraki Gulf is Waiheke Island, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves, farm land and golden beaches; and only a 35-minute ferry ride away from downtown Auckland. Sip on award-winning wines at some of the 30 boutique vineyards and wineries, enjoy fine dining and pick up superb local artwork.
Make sure you get out on the water while you're here, whether it’s a relaxing harbour cruise, a fishing charter, whale and dolphin spotting, kayaking or surfing.

Main centres: 

Auckland Central


Great Barrier Island, Helensville, Kawau Island, Orewa, Piha, Waiheke Island, Warkworth

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