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William Colenso College

Intermediate / Secondary (Years 7-13)

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.

Contact William Colenso College
Physical address

Arnold Street
4110 Napier
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Phone numbers

64 6 833 6752

  • Number of students: 450
  • Number of international students: 30-40
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Accommodation advisory service
  • Career guidance
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services


  • Homestay
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. ASPIRE! ACT! ACHIEVE!
There are two words that best describe Hawke’s Bay and they are Wine Country - but there is much more than wine to this sunny region.

Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions and this has made it one of the country’s leading producers of wine; notably red wines – cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah – but also with some quite stunning whites.The region is the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, and it's a popular place for bicycle wine tours.

Hawke's Bay is New Zealand’s Art Deco centre, rebuilt in the 1930’s after a huge earthquake. It hosts the country’s most elaborate celebrations of Matariki – the Māori New Year. It’s a place where you can shop at the farmers' market for locally grown delicacies, indulge in artisan gourmet food, and join the lunchers at Napier’s Great Long Lunch. And it’s a place where you can walk the forest trails of the Ruahine and Kaweka Forest Parks, visit the Cape Kidnappers gannet colony or relax on the
glorious beaches that stretch along the coast.

Hawke's Bay offers every kind of accommodation, from exclusive lodges and self-contained cottages to hotels, motels, camping grounds, bed & breakfasts and homestays. Some wineries have room for guests, providing the perfect setting for a romantic stay.
Main centres: 



Hastings, Havelock North, Waipukurau

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
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