Providing Pathways for all Students to Achieve Their Highest Potential
Located in the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand’s North Island, Waihi College is built on the site of the old Waihi golf course and enjoys huge grounds. The Waihi region is rich in gold mining history and spectacular natural scenery. We have our own kiwifruit orchard, dairy farm unit, expansive sports grounds, heated outdoor swimming pool and outstanding academic and arts courses and facilities. We are the only place in the world to have on open pit gold mine within walking distance of the town centre. We have Waihi Beach and Tauranga Harbour at our door step and Tongariro National Park four hours drive away. Our outdoor education and sports programmes are among the best in New Zealand and all this makes Waihi College an exceptional place and an excellent option for international students.
“Coming here was the best decision I’ve ever made and I’m so glad that I found a second home here in New Zealand, the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen!” – Andrine (Germany)
All students who come to Waihi College will be given the opportunity to excel in the many programmes and activities provided by the school and to develop as well-rounded, productive citizens. Waihi College ensures that the educational needs of this unique rural community are met in a caring, supportive and friendly atmosphere.
“I could try many things here. For example; kayaking in the sea, mountain biking, surfing, baking sweets, sky diving, watching dolphins and Maori culture. I will never forget these memories.” – Haruna (Japan)
Waihi College offers a wide selection of NZQA approved courses to meet the needs of both domestic and international students. Courses include academic options as well as vocational and interest based courses allowing international students to structure a course that meets the needs of their international experience. Courses at Waihi College meet the needs of students from year seven to year thirteen.
English is an important part of why many international students come to New Zealand. Waihi College offers various levels of English language instruction ranging from those learning English for the first time through to main stream courses for experienced users of English. In some cases, Waihi College can also provide one on one support for students who require extra assistance to gain English language skills. Students who are focussed on getting a recognised assessment have the opportunity to sit IELTS examinations while they are here.
Outdoor Education at Waihi College offers international students an exciting and practical introduction to a range of learning opportunities in the outdoors.
They will learn alongside Kiwi students and participate in all aspects of the course including overnight trips, day excursions and assessment activities. Courses are made up of units that ensure participants not only get to experience the outdoors but also learn important safety and risk management strategies that will serve them well, long after they have returned to their home countries.