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TIKIPUNGA HIGH SCHOOL is a co-educational, state, day school, catering for students from Year 7 -Year 13. School uniform is required up to Year 12.

Roll:  500 students made up of approximately 80% Maori, 18% European and 2% international students.

Special Character:  At Tikipunga our objectives for every student are a sense of self-respect, a concern for others and a desire to learn.

The school values the uniqueness of each person, the multicultural nature of the community and equity for all.

Location:  Founded in 1971, Tikipunga High School is located on the northeastern boundary of the city of Whangarei, a city two hours drive from Auckland.

We are situatedless than 30 minutes drive from some of New Zealand's best beaches and water sports facilities.


We have large well landscaped grounds, modern buildings with up to date technology in all specialist areas, including science laboratories, gymnasium, library with an international communications system, art and photography laboratory, computer rooms, design suite, auditorium, business and media studies, music suite, student cafeteria and administration facilities.

Academic Programme:  This is designed to prepare students for tertiary study. Many of our students go on to Universities, Colleges of Education, or Polytechnics.

We have well qualified staff who are dedicated to ensuring all students are fully prepared for all National examinations. NCEA ( National Certificate in Educational Achievement) Qualifications are offered at Level 1 (Y11), Level 2 (Y12) and Level 3 (Y13). Being a small school our classes are small, ensuring students having the individual attention they require to help them achieve their goals. We offer a full range of subjects and encourage multi-level learning.

Our school is well known for the excellent results our students achieve especially in the Art subjects and students travel from other parts of the country to study with our Art teachers.

Extra-curricular Programme:  Our students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including, sports, outdoor education, music, drama, debating and cultural experiences are all available. High levels of success are achieved by many students in all activities offered.

International Students:  We welcome students from many different countries and recognise the cultural diversity their presence brings. We have regular visits between Tikipunga and school groups from Japan and we take part in many of the International exchange programmes.

As well as fee-paying international students Tikipunga High School welcomes a significant number of exchange students from all over the world.

International Students are met at Auckland Airport and transferred to Whangarei.

Homestays are arranged with local, caring families at a cost of NZ$175 per week. This includes a room, all meals and laundry.

Student Welfare:  Tikipunga has a well-established student guidance network dedicated to providing a safe learning environment for all students. The welfare of International students is the responsibility of one of the teachers in charge of International Students, who works closely with the students, their host families and their Agents/parents in their home countries.

English Language Entry Requirements:  We will enrol students from Year 7 to year 13. However, the code of practice for the welfare of international students stipulates that Y7 and 8 students must live in New Zealand with a parent or legal guardian.

A reasonable level of English is required to enter Year 11, 12 and 13 if students wish to study in classes to prepare for examinations.

International Students have ESOL Tuition of at least 5 hours (up to 10 in some cases) per week. We can offer preparation for the IELTS examination if they so desire or require that help.


Fees:  NZ $10,250 for a full school year.  NZ $2600 per term.

Students are required to have adequate medical / property insurance which can be arranged by the school.

Application Details:  Apply to the Teacher in charge of International Students for Application Forms and Information Booklet.


International Students

PO Box 7041, Tikipunga, Whangarei, New Zealand

Tel: 0064 9 437 3299

Fax: 0064 9 437 2522





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International Students
PO Box 7041, Tikipunga, Whangarei, New Zealand

Tel: 0064 9 437 3299

Fax: 0064 9 437 2522