Pre-Arrival Information

June, July and August is winter time in New Zealand. Temperatures range from around 10°C to 18°C during this time. It can be wet with a good mix of rain, fine days and frosty mornings.

September through to November is spring and the days can be warm. Temperatures during this time ranging between 16°C and 25°C.

January to February is our summer with temperatures of between 20°C and 30°C.

Autumn from March to May is also warm with temperatures mostly in the early 20's during the day.


Please pack the following essential items required for most International and Outdoor Education trips:


100% Waterproof jacket

Wide brimmed hat
Thermal leggings and thermal t-shirts (long and short sleeved)
Woollen jersey
Gloves (preferable waterproof)
Thermal socks
Comfortable walking / tramping shoes or boots
Hiking day backpack

NOTE: failure to have the correct gear may mean you are unable to join the trip/s.

International staff will help you order your school uniform on arrival. To view our school uniform please visit:

Please click here to view examples of acceptable footwear.  We suggest you purchase your school shoes before coming to New Zealand.

Plain white or black socks are acceptable for both boys and girls. No logo’s please.

Depending on when you arrive and depart, you may have the opportunity to attend our school ball. Formal dress is required and you may like to bring a dress/formal clothing with you. The cost to attend the ball will be approximately $70 NZD.

All hiking/outdoor shoes and/or boots must be clean. Please: NO plant, animal or dairy products.


There is a free school bus service operating between Waihi and Waihi Beach before and after school daily.

A taxi service operates (at a cost) during evenings and weekends. This can be a good option if there are a number of students wanting to use the service together, and share the costs.

Our host families are also able to provide a reasonable amount of transport to support you in your extra-curricular and social activities.

These three options above are the only means of transport within and around Waihi / Waihi Beach / Athenree.


Intercity Buses offer services from Waihi to Tauranga (and other destinations). See: