Northland High Schools with the Country Difference

Thinking about a move to the country?

Worried about the possible lack of opportunities for your teen-aged children?

In this blog we’ll explore the world of Northland high schools: boarding schools, top deciles and even private colleges – they’re all right here in the sunny sub-tropical North!


Private Life, Private School!
A new demand is seeing the need for private schools increasing, and one such school – Huanui College, is proving to be a serious success story. Huanui College is located in the idyllic countryside of Glenbervie, about 10 minutes to the north-east of Whangarei City. Flanked by old stone walls and overlooked by grazing horses and mature orchards, this college is a truly special place to learn, and by all accounts the students seem to agree. Well-known for it’s sporting merits as well as it’s academia, this is one college you’ll be lining up to enrol in – take a closer look at the Huanui College website.

Country Weekends, School Weeks

For many of us, the commute to and from work is galling enough without adding in a daily round trip to the nearest reputable college. Luckily for those of us who live in Northland, we a number of boarding schools right here in our district: two of which come highly recommended indeed. Whangarei Boys High School (WBHS), and Whangarei Girls High School (WGHS) are both longstanding educational institutions with a proud heritage spanning back well over a century. These schools have turned out many of New Zealand’s notable personages, and students are well respected and well turned out.

Whangarei Boys High School – situated on 23 acres of rolling land, this school enjoys deeply-held values and a reputation for excellence. Carruth House is the boarding accommodation located on premises, and is a home away from home for boys from Northland and beyond.

Whangarei Girls High School – with rose gardens, shade sails and seating areas all part of their beautifully-maintained grounds, the students of WGHS enjoy a privileged academic environment. The onsite accommodation available at Lupton House is equally as impressive, with 24-hour care and a range of activities and outings planned throughout the year for their students.

Smaller, Friendlier, COUNTRIER

Looking for the true country experience? Otamatea High School has it all: the endearingly small roll (500-600 at last check), the location (in the heart of the Kaipara District, just an hour and a half north of Auckland), and the community (students come from all around – Maungaturoto, Kaiwaka, Paparoa, Waipu, Mangawhai, Matakohe, and Tinopai to name a few!). This school is energetic, it’s dynamic, it’s disciplined, and it’s turning out some truly unique thinkers thanks to it’s progressive and forward-thinking leadership.

In fact, if you’re looking for that elusive country experience, you may want to consider Tauraroa Area School. Located in the picturesque Maungakaramea, this school has a roll of just over 480 (at the time of writing) and welcomes students from levels 0 right through to 13. Yes, that’s right, your child can stay at the same school for their entire young academic life. And not just any school either, but a constantly growing, decile 7 beauty of a school. For those who crave constancy and an embracing community, this has to be an attractive proposition!

So there you have it: a move to Northland doesn’t mean giving up the best in education for your eager teen academic: quite the opposite! Why not take a look in person on your next house hunting trip; you’ll be amazed at what’s on offer.

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