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Whakatane High School

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

We are located in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, close to the best beach in New Zealand where the school offers regular surf lessons during summer.  Our area has the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand.  

The school offers a Marine Studies Course, which includes a scuba dive course and several diving trips, including one to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

We offer Outdoor Education as a subject.  This includes many trips including white water rafting, canoeing, high ropes, snow skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking. We are a member of the Outdoor Education New Zealand group of schools and you can find us on www.outdoorednz.co.nz
Students can also join a sports team in the following sports:

  • Soccer, Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Netball
  • Snow Sports
  • Rowing
  • and more. 



Contact Whakatane High School
Physical address

Goulstone Road
Private Bag 1021 Whakatane
View on Google Maps

Phone numbers

+64 (0) 7 308 8251

  • Number of students: 800
  • Number of international students: 25
  • 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

You will select 5 - 6 subjects from this list: English, Media Studies, Art History, ESOL (English as a second language), Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Languages, Mathematics with Statistics or Calculus, Biology, Marine Studies, Chemistry, Physics, Horticulture, Economics, Business Studies, Geography, History, Drama, Music, Photography, Design, Painting, Digital Technology, Food Technology, Home Economics, Hospitality, Graphics & Design, Mechanical Engineering, Product Development, Early Childhood Studies, Textiles and Maori Performing Arts.

About 50% of our students are Maori.

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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