Waihi College is a special place. Our mission is three fold. We aim to connect families within the local and global community, to create opportunities for students and families to share our cultures and to support Waihi College programmes and improve learning opportunities for everyone in our school community. With 720 students, Waihi College is big enough to be able to offer choices and small enough to feel like a family. Our international students become part of every aspect of school and community life and quickly make friends with local and other international students.
Waihi College has been hosting international students for many years and this year we have students from Japan, Norway, China, Thailand, Finland, Germany, Brazil, Switzerland and India. We welcome the variety and diversity that they bring to Waihi College and we are committed to doing what we can to make their time here the best that it can be.
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.