Kerikeri High School

Kerikeri High School is a state high school catering to Years 7-13 and aims to develop its students into responsible citizens who are capable academically, in sporting and cultural activities, and in community affairs.

The school has considerable experience with caring for international students and providing the best opportunities for them to excel in their studies.

Kerikeri High School compares favourably in the academic performance of its students both regionally and nationally, and offers a range of modern, purpose-built teaching and learning facilities, caring staff, and rich educational experiences to encourage its students to perform at their best.

School Type: Day School / Government School
Gender: Co-ed
Qualifications: NCEA
Year Levels: Years 9 - 13
Total Students: 1490
Established: 1974

Kerikeri High School Special Programs

Kerikeri HS Sailing

Kerikeri High School offers students a unique sailing program (their reputable sailing academy), where students experience sailing in a range of different disciples. As part of the program, students can develop their skills in a range of centreboard and keel boats, and learn about practical water safety, navigation and passage planning.

The teachers running the program have spent many years teaching and therefore have extensive experience in a wide range of boats, regattas and sailing conditions.

Student not interested in the academy program can still take park in sailing. Kerikeri offers a world class playground for anyone who wants to learn to sail or improve their skills. The Bay of Islands is one of the best sailing destinations in New Zealand.

Kerikeri High School Sailing Academy

Kerikeri HS Equestrian

Imagine horse riding through the stunning Bay of Plenty, well at Kerikeri High School it is possible! International students at Kerikeri High School are offered the opportunity to combine their love of horses and the outdoors!

For those interested in a more in depth equestrian program, Kerikeri HS offers an equestrian academy program.

The Academic Plus Equestrian programme is operated by Kate’s Riding Centre, where you will get lessons on jumping and dressage. The operators are competitive show jumpers with an interest in Natural Horsemanship.

Your program will be tailored to your level and needs, and you will even get your own suitable horse/pony, which means you have the opportunity to bond over the school term.

Kerikeri HS Surfing Academy

Kerikeri High School an the perfect place to come and combine surfing with academic studies. The Northlands region is known for it's amazing beaches and crystal clear waters combined with the best climate.

The Academic Plus Surfing programme provides an exciting course for all international students (no matter what level of surfing experience) wanting to get in the water to surf in a fun group environment with expert instructors at some of the most beautiful beaches in Northland.

Kerikeri HS Mountain Biking Academy

In the Bay of Islands region, Mountain biking can be enjoyed all year round.

The Mountain Biking Academy (MTB) aims to develop your skills so that you can ride competently at an advanced level anywhere in the world on the completion of the semester. During your lessons you will cover very varied terrain in all weather, fast and flowing machine built bikepark trails, steep and technical off camber enduro trails and flowing singletrack.

Students of the MTB are regularly competing against the best in the world!

Kerikeri High School Overview


Kerikeri High School is located on 9 hectares of land in Kerikeri, a horticultural tourist town in the Bay of Islands, 45 minutes by plane, or 3 hours by road, north of Auckland.

The climate is sub-tropical and the locale offers sailing, fishing and diving and the area is known for its kiwi fruit and citrus production,  while the town itself offers cafes, boutiques, galleries and the arts.


The school boasts modern, purpose-built facilities, which include gymnasium, theatre and performing arts complex, science labs and up-to-date computer network, library, onsite medical facilities, technology and arts complex, and auditorium and admin facilities.

There are playing fields, tennis/netball courts, and a pool/diving complex, while the school operates a sailing academy that utilises its location in the Bay of Islands.


Kerikeri High School offers the New Zealand curriculum, which covers seven compulsory core subject areas in the junior years with increasing specialisation through a choice of a diverse range of electives as students progress through the year levels. AA Education Network will give you further detail on subject areas.

The following is the Year 7 subject curriculum:

  1. English
  2. Mathematics
  3. Science
  4. Social Studies
  5. Health and Physical Education
  6. Art
  7. Maori
  8. Life Technology
  9. Technology
  10. Music

English Courses

International students are assessed for their English language skills upon arrival at Kerikeri and assigned the appropriate level of ESOL tuition, along with their mainstream studies. They receive individiual attention to help them develop their language skills as they study.

Entry Requirements

Basic English language skills are necessary in order to successfully apply to Kerikeri, as is a clear motivation to succeed in secondary school studies while in New Zealand.

Enrolment dates

The school year consist of four terms and it is best for international students to apply well in advance of the term in which they wish to commence studies at Kerikeri. The term dates are as follows:

Term 1: February 2nd - April 9th
Term 2: April 27th- July 3rd
Term 3: July 20th - September 25th
Term 4: October 12th - December 17th

Kerikeri high school offers students:

  1. The chance to excel in their studies in a caring and supportive environment.
  2. A rich variety of academic, sporting and cultural activities that will develop their self-reliance and sense of team work and community.
  3. Education from one of New Zealand’s top performing state high schools.
  4. A rich experience of family life in New Zealand through the homestay arrangement with the chance tomeet other students and make lifelong friends.
  5. A view of the natural beauty of New Zealand through time spent at the Bay of Islands north of Auckland.


AA Education Network is ready to give you all the assistance you need to apply to study a Kerikeri. One of our counsellors will answer all your questions and assist you in your applications for a student visa and to study at Kerikeri. We will help you plan and organise your travels and make contact with the school as your first steps towards a rich and life-shaping experience.