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Aquinas College

Intermediate / Secondary (Years 7-13)

Aquinas College is a new, Catholic co-educational secondary school for students aged 11-18 year old. The college is vibrant and visually impressive, with superb facilities and high academic standards. 

With a school roll of 800 students across seven year levels, international students thrive in our supportive community atmosphere. We only enrol a small number of students from each country which helps them to fully immerse into school life and form quality friendships with New Zealanders.

A special feature of Aquinas College is the values-based philosophy and close-knit environment of the school. This is evident through the six key 'touchstones' of the College - Scholarship, Family, Truth, Service, Prayer and Joy.  

Contact Aquinas College
Physical address

183 Pyes Pa Road, RD3
3173 Tauranga
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Phone numbers

+64 7 543 9038
+64 7 543 2400

  • Number of students: 800
  • Number of international students: 15
  • Male and Female

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
  • Wifi on campus


  • Homestay

Religious Facilities (on-site)

  • Chapel

Religious Clubs

  • Catholic
Aquinas College has an outstanding academic record with annual NCEA pass levels well above the national average for decile 8-10 schools.

A wide range of curriculum subjects are offered, including extra English to support learning. Many opportunities exist in the areas of music, sport and culture help students reach their full potential. 
Aquinas College is situated in Tauranga, New Zealand’s fastest growing city in the sunny Bay of Plenty. With its close proximity to Auckland, Tauranga is popular in the summer months because of its warm climate and nearby surf beach of Mount Maunganui.
The Bay of Plenty region is home to spectacular beaches, juicy kiwifruit and picturesque views.

When James Cook arrived in 1769, he anchored off a great bay ‘full of plantations and villages’ that was, he noted ‘a bay of plenty’. The Bay of Plenty, today, is no less a place of plenty. Around Tauranga are hectares of orchards and gardens producing everything from kiwifruit and citrus fruit to avocados. Add to this bounty the local wines and the plentiful fresh seafood and you just know that this is a place where you will dine well.

Mount Maunganui, a short distance from Tauranga, has spectacular beaches which are a magnet for surfers all year round. For the adventurous, there’s skydiving and for those more keen on terra firma, blokarting (small land yachts) will blow the cobwebs away.

Visit White Island – a quick helicopter ride from Whakatane – and you can walk, yes, on an active volcano as it hisses, belches and rumbles. It’s that same geothermal activity that provides the hot pools and spas that you will find in many places where you can relax and let the world slide by. There is plentiful accommodation in the area; everything from bed and breakfasts through to hotels and boutique lodges.
Main centres: 

Tauranga, Whakatane


Katikati, Kawerau, Mount Maunganui, Opotiki, Te Puke, White Island (Whakaari)

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
Education Tauranga is the local student body
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