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Southland Boys' High School

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

Southland Boys' High School (SBHS) caters to International students from Year 7 to 13. The school is over 125 years old and boasts a very successful history of molding boys into young men.  We harness the powers of modern technology in a campus steeped in Kiwi history in order to provide the benefits of this generation with the lessons of the past.  Our boys learn through academic subjects and balance this with access to some of the most wonderful landscapes and training grounds in the world.

If you are looking for an educational venue that stands apart from the crowd, then SBHS is the option for you. Nestled next to the Fiordland National Park and having easy access to both indoor and outdoor activities it is easily the undiscovered jewel in New Zealand's educational crown.

Contact Southland Boys' High School
Physical address

181 Herbert Street
9810 Invercargill
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Phone numbers

03-211 3003

  • Number of students: 1000
  • Number of international students: 18
  • Males only

Qualifications available

  • National Standards Testing
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

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


  • Boarding hostel
  • Homestay

Established in 1954 Coldstream House has accommodation for 117 boys, most of whom live in the Southland area and board with us either part or full-time.  We are the only hostel to still offer five day boarding with weekends/holidays optional.  We cater for boys from Year 7 to 13.  We also have a number of international students attending Southland Boys' High School and living at Coldstream House. 

Our German-trained Chef, Theo, has a passion for food and knows exactly what it takes to satisfy young men's appetites. 

Southland is a land of rugged coast and rolling plains, world-renowned Bluff oysters and the launching place for a visit to Stewart Island.

Southland’s largest centre is Invercargill. If you’re a garden lover you must see Queens Park and its 80 hectares of tree-lined walkways and diverse gardens. The city turns on the hospitality so, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay, you’ll find plenty of friendly and high standard accommodation.

Half an hour from Invercargill is the fishing port of Bluff. Known for its fabulous seafood, this is the place to taste the famous Bluff oysters. If you like bird watching, catch a ferry to Stewart Island where you’ll find a haven for native bird life and the only place in New Zealand where you have a fair chance of seeing kiwi in their native habitat.

And speaking of wildlife, head along the coast to the Catlins. The Catlins River Walk leads you through beech forest and is known for its hidden waterfalls and rare native birds. At Curio Bay you’ll find fossilized trees, over 180 million years old, embedded in coastal bedrock. And at Nugget Point you’ll find fur seals, sea lions, sooty shearwaters, shags, yellow-eyed penguins, spoonbills and a breeding colony of gannets. And if you look closely, you may see Hector's dolphins frolicking out in the waves.
Main centres: 



Bluff, Gore, Halfmoon Bay (oban), Owaka, Winton

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
Study Southland is the local education organisation
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