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Gisborne Girls' High School

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


Gisborne city (pop. 45,000), is located on the East Coast of the North Island - one hour's flight from Auckland. Gisborne is famous for beautiful surf beaches, a moderate maritime climate, and a friendly, relaxed lifestyle.

Gisborne Girls' High believes that International Students enrich the academic, cultural and social experience of our students, and our wider community. We have easy access to a wide variety of recreational, sporting and cultural activities.

Small International Student numbers maximise English Language learning and cultural integration.

Multi-level, flexible and individualised learning options help students create meaningful programmes and achieve to their unique potential.

Contact Gisborne Girls' High School
Physical address

555 Gladstone Road
4010 Gisborne
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Phone numbers

+64 6 8686092

  • Number of students: 750
  • Number of international students: 8
  • Females only

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
Successful academic programmes and pathways to multiple tertiary options. English Language support. Careers advice. Quality Pastoral care. An International Director and student lounge. Performance Music training and recording facitities. Digital and Textile technology options. Hospitality and Tourism training. Dymanic Drama Department. School Choir and Orchestra. Innovative Arts and Design tuition. Multiple sporting and recreational options, especially around marine and outdoor activities. Close liaison with Gisborne Boys' High for shared senior programmes. Leadership opportunities
Eastland is the place where the first Polynesian canoes landed, Captain Cook made his first landfall and Māori and European first encountered each other.
Gisborne, the largest settlement in Eastland, is the first city in the world to see the sun each day.

In this relaxed and tucked-away part of the country, the world moves slowly; horses and bare feet are common forms of transport. You might wish to take a car but you’ll also want to take your time.

Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and Māori culture is evident in every settlement you see. There are carved meeting houses, beautifully painted Māori churches, and conversations in Te Reo. Venture up Mount Hikurangi, the sacred mountain of the Ngati Porou people, and you'll see giant carvings of figures from Māori folklore.

Deep in the misty Te Urewera Ranges, descendents of the ‘Children of the Mist’, the ancient Tuhoe tribe, still live in harmony with the forest around the village of Ruatahuna. You’re unlikely to come across them if you go hiking in Te Urewera National Park, but hire a local guide and you’ll learn some of their stories and legends while exploring the largest untouched native forest in the North Island.

Sunny Eastland is famous for its beautiful, often deserted beaches, and its exhilarating and diverse surf breaks. Hire a surf board and get out there, or watch the peeling waves from the comfort of your outstretched beach towel. Other popular pastimes include fishing, diving, cycling, mountain biking and golf.

Trying the wine here is a must. Known as the "Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand", Gisborne produces premium white wines which can be readily enjoyed on a scenic winery tour.

Accommodation in Eastland can be as fancy as an upmarket lodge, boutique B&B or waterfront hotel. But Eastland is also heaven for those in motorhomes or tents, with plenty of freedom camping amid picture-perfect scenery.
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