Whangarei Boys High School

Whangarei Boys High School


Whangarei Boys’ High School welcomes between 20 and 30 international students every year from all around the world.

We offer long term and short stay options, with sporting and outdoor education programmes such as golf, scuba diving and surfing, along with ESOL classes and a wide range of academic classes.

Our students are looked after by a dedicated and supportive International Team to ensure they enjoy the best Northland has to offer.

Our on-site Golf Academy and boarding hostel set us apart from other schools in the region.

Where are we?

Whangarei is a two hour drive from Auckland or 30 minutes by air. It is New Zealand’s northernmost city and the warmest. The school itself is situated on 38 acres in a very picturesque setting surrounded by the bush-clad hills of Whangarei, a city of  about 80,500 people. It takes about 10 minutes to walk to the city centre.

Whangarei offers a safe, friendly community environment that can provide students with a wide range of educational opportunities as well as many new and exciting outdoor activities.

What kind of school is WBHS?

Whangarei Boys’ High School is a traditional boys’ school of about 1100 students.  Eighty students live at our school hostel situated in the school grounds.  The school celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2011 and we are proud of our history and traditions.

Whangarei Boys’ High School offers a very wide range of academic and vocational courses, details of which may be found in the school curriculum.

Non – English speaking students who require extra help are supported by qualified and experienced specialist teachers and we offer ESOL classes at three levels.

Where will I live?

International students have the choice of staying at Carruth House, our school hostel, or with a New Zealand homestay family.

Many of our students make life long friends with the people they stay with, often returning to visit long after they leave the school.

The school offers an extensive choice of sports teams; athletics, badminton, hockey, shooting, sailing, soccer and rugby are just a few of the sports that students take part in.

The school has produced several world class sportsmen and many of our international students have represented the school in a variety of sports.

We have an active cultural scene with a drama group, school choir, orchestra and bands providing regular performances.

There are many opportunities to socialise with other international students on our regular sports nights, summer camping trip and winter skiing trip.  All of these activities take place with students from Whangarei Girls’ High School.