Kerikeri High School

Kerikeri High School

The Best Learning Comes From a Close Relationship Between Home and School




Kerikeri High School is a Year 7 to 13, Decile 7, state secondary school in Northland, New Zealand with approximately 1400 day students and 150 staff. We have a spacious campus with modern facilities and are located close to the centre of Kerikeri, a busy horticultural and tourist town in the Bay of Islands.

Our mission is to provide a learning environment that develops all students to the greatest possible extent, so enabling them as responsible citizens to take full advantage of life’s opportunities. We are committed to providing excellence in education, recognising the individual needs of students and fostering pride among our students and the community.


“Thanks to the Academic Plus classes, I could try scuba diving, horse riding, golf and surfing. I had never tried any of them in Japan so this opportunity has given me some wonderful experiences and when I go back home I want to try all of them!.” – Maaya (Japan)


“The Sailing Academy at Kerikeri High School is a great opportunity and lots of fun for beginners and advanced sailors. You will learn a lot of new skills with experienced coaches and make friends for life during events like an overnight on an island and keelboat racing ~ and all that in the most beautiful sailing area in the world, the Bay of Islands.” – Steffen (Germany)


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International Study

Kerikeri High School has high standards and a proven track record of academic achievement but what makes us unique is the Kerikeri environment and our highly regarded Sailing Academy.

Kerikeri is a vibrant, bustling town of about 10,000 people located in the beautiful Bay of Islands in northern New Zealand approximately 45 minutes by plane or 3 hours by car north of Auckland. Originally home to Maori villages, Kerikeri was one of the first places settled by European missionaries in the early 1800s. Kemp House and The Stone Store are the oldest buildings of their kind in New Zealand.

The warm sub-tropical climate is ideal for fruit growing and there is a long established horticultural industry based on successful citrus and kiwifruit production. World-class sailing, fishing, and diving are available in the Bay of Islands. Kerikeri has a unique lifestyle with numerous cafes, boutique shops, artists, and galleries

Sailing Academy

Kerikeri High School has built a strong national reputation in sailing having won the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Team Racing title eight times and then represented New Zealand in the annual Interdominion Championships Regatta against the best Australian school. Several past pupils have represented New Zealand at the Olympics, participated in The Round the World Ocean Race and The Americas Cup, and won World Team Racing titles.

Scuba Course

There is an open water scuba course and test available to students in Terms 1 and 2 as part of the Year 13 Physical Education course. This leads to the CMAS Open Water 1 qualification.

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