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Southwell School

Primary/Intermediate (Years 1-8 approx. age 5-12)

Southwell School, established in 1911, is a private school set in spacious park-like grounds in Hamilton City (New Zealand's fourth largest city) which is only a 90 minute drive from Auckland International Airport.  Southwell offers a high quality education to 600 students aged 5 to 13 years of age in a caring and supportive environment. Approximately 60 boys and girls are accommodated in the boarding hostel.   

Southwell School has 28 classrooms and in addition to the core subjects of English, mathematics and social studies that are taught by the classroom teachers we have specialist teachers taking science, technology, art, pottery, sports, music, drama, French and Chinese in modern purpose built facilities. We also have a learning support department and we offer ESOL lessons.  

Contact Southwell School
Physical address

200 Peachgrove Road
3210 Hamilton
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Phone numbers

647 855 2089

  • Number of students: 600
  • Number of international students: 15
  • Male and Female

School features

  • English language support
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus


  • Boarding hostel
  • Homestay

Religious Facilities (on-site)

  • Chapel
  • Multi-faith

Religious Clubs

  • Anglican

Southwell School is Code of Practice approved to enrol international students under 11 years of age in the boarding hostel without a parent living in New Zealand. We welcome international students at Southwell School. We take great care to provide them with an excellent opportunity to develop their English language skills while at the same time giving them a high quality education and a great taste of life in New Zealand. The many opportunities available at Southwell School result in the students being very well prepared for their secondary education. 

Just south of Auckland lies the Hamilton-Waikato region; a land of lush pastures and fertile soils that was chosen to play The Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.

Well-known for its underground wonders, black sand surf beaches and rolling green hills, the region offers a wealth of nature-based activities and attractions surrounding a vibrant city hub.

If you’re a Tolkien fan, drive east to Matamata and visit Hobbiton Movie Set, the amazing Hobbit-sized village created for the movies. Or if surfing is more your style, then Raglan is the perfect spot for you, with one of the longest left hand breaks in the world.

For a magical underground experience, drive south to Waitomo Caves, where the natural beauty of stalactites and stalagmites lit by the blue light of glowworms will take your breath away; or for those seeking more of an adrenalin rush, black water rafting and abseiling are not to be missed.

Known for its scenic diversity, the Hamilton and Waikato region offers a myriad of options for those keen on walking, hiking and cycling, from casual strolls along the Waikato River to overnight bush excursions and winding mountain biking tracks. A popular spot is Maungatautari Ecological Reserve, which allows walkers to experience the New Zealand forest as it was hundreds of years ago, thanks to the special predator-free environment.

The city of Hamilton boasts stunning gardens, plentiful shopping and a popular nightlife and restaurant scene including award-winning eateries and exciting entertainment. With abundant accommodation, Hamilton is the perfect base for exploring the wider region.
Main centres: 

Waitomo Caves


Cambridge, Hamilton, Huntly, Karapiro, Kawhia, Matamata, Morrinsville, Ngaruawahia, Otorohanga, Putaruru, Raglan, Te Aroha, Te Awamutu, Te Kuiti, Tirau, Tokoroa

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