Kerikeri High School

  Kerikeri High School

About Kerikeri High School

Kerikeri High School is a warm hearted, innovative, co-educational secondary school set on expansive grounds within walking distance to Kerikeri town centre.

We are known for high academic performance and for producing students strong in the Four Cornerstones of a balanced education; Academic, Cultural, Sporting and Leadership & Service. The school’s principles are represented in our WAKA values; We are learners, Act with respect, Keep our selves safe, Always Proud. There are 1500 students, usually 80 of which are international students.

As well as academic subjects, Kerikeri High School offers a wide range of practical subjects, such as: Technology, Hospitality, Performing Arts and Visual Arts
International students are encouraged to participate in all cultural activities available at Kerikeri High School including; Kapa Haka (Maori Culture group), music and bands, drama productions and debating as well as social activities such as our formal senior school ball.

Kerikeri High School has over 30 different sports available during the academic year including; sailing, soccer (football), rugby, basketball, tennis, volleyball, athletics, hockey, table tennis, swimming and mountain biking to name a few of them. International students trial out for a place in the teams alongside the kiwi students.

International students enrolled at Kerikeri High School can choose to take part in one of our Academic Plus Programmes: Sailing, Surfing, Equestrian or Mountain Biking. Students doing these programmes will study regular classes Monday – Thursdays and on Fridays will be participating in their chosen Academy. Training is with world-class coaches making the most of the diverse and exciting Bay of Islands playground. The additional cost of these Academic Plus Programmes includes all coaching, equipment and transport.

Kerikeri is in the Bay of Islands, in the north of New Zealand. It’s a 45 minute domestic flight from Auckland Airport or a 4 hour journey by private car.

Visitors to Kerikeri will enjoy the warmth of our subtropical climate, which means no sub zero temperatures, as well as the warmth of our people. Northlanders renowned for their friendly, welcoming nature.

International students at Kerikeri High School live with local families during their stay in Kerikeri. There are a variety of homestay options which include in town or out of town (rural). Some homestays are located within walking distance or a short bike ride to the school and the shops and some are rural homestays which might include living on a farm where there are horses and other animals. Students living in rural homestay families will have the opportunity to catch the school bus to school.

Our International Department is a dedicated and friendly team with an “open door” policy offering 24/7 support for our students.


Kerikeri – North Island, New Zelândia


High School


Course Duration:
1 to 4 Terms





TYPE OF SCHOOL: Co-educational, public.
SCHOOL LEVEL: 9-13 years
TERMS: T1 – 30 January – 12 April
T2 – 29 April – 05 July
T3 – 22 July – 27 September
T4 – 14 October – 30 November


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