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Come and study English in Rotorua


Rotorua is:

  • A small, safe, multicultural city where you will meet friendly and welcoming people.
  • A place that has a reputation for excellence in education.
  • A unique and famous tourist destination in the South Pacific.
  • A place that has wonderful scenic and cultural attractions. You will enjoy lakes, forests,
    Maori culture, and be close to ocean beaches and mountains.

What is Education Rotorua?

We have a school to suit you.
The Rotorua schools have joined together to offer you excellence in education and student care.

All schools and institutions offer ESOL English language tuition.

Choose from
Group A: 5 High Schools
Group B: An English Language Academy
Group C: An Institute of Technology

You can move from one group to another and we will help you with enrolments and visas. It's easy!

Students' Comments

"When I first came to New Zealand it was warm and clean. I know that New Zealand is a multi cultural country and that the people are very friendly. I think there are some better things than in my country. Firstly it is very quiet at night as there are not many people and therefore there are not many cars. Secondly, the New Zealand school system gives the students lots of time to do other activities."

"I like living in New Zealand as the air is not polluted and the country is very clean. I think New Zealand weather is good- it is not cold and not hot. "

"The challenges I face in this country are learning English and getting good school marks. That's why I came here, and also to learn about the New Zealand way of life. I don't really know about all of New Zealand, but I think New Zealand is a nice place because it is bigger than my country and the people are really kind with good personalities. There are a lot of open spaces and clean air and water and nice food. The landscape is beautiful. Most importantly I have a lovely homestay family here. "

 High Schools (Group A)


 John Paul College

John Paul College is a co-educational state integrated Forml -Form 7
school. We seek to provide excellence in education within a Catholic
environment to Catholic students and others whose parents choose a
Catholic education.
We pride ourselves on our Christian family values, education and
excellence in all round educational achievement.
The College has boarding facilities at the College. It has
accommodation for 63 boarders providing excellent care and living
facilities for the students.


 Rotorua Boys' High School

Rotorua Boys' High School is a state school and is Rotorua's oldest
secondary school. The school is committed to providing quality
education for the young men of the Rotorua area. We offer .an ESOL
programme plus support for International Students in their
mainstream classes. Mitchell House provides boarding for 57
Rotorua Boys' High School is set in spacious, park-like grounds, close
to the centre of Rotorua and enjoys national recognition for its
academic excellence, its sporting achievements and for the quality of
its cultural endeavours.


Rotorua Girls' High School

Rotorua Girls' High School offers a clear choice of education aimed at
excellence combined with the abifity to relate well with those around
you. "Empowering Young Women" is our motto and our constant
refrain. We offer an individual language support programme to
students from non-English speaking backgrounds. Students are
taught in high quality facilities and achieve exceptional results.  


 Rotorua Lakes High School

Rotorua Lakes High School is a co-educational school for students
from Year 9 to 13, offering high quality learning with a commitment to
the individual student's needs.
Four key words, care, quality, achievement and excellence cover the
school's mission statement. Academic excellence is a major goal.
A wide range of national examination courses is available, along with
strong support in English as a second language.


 Western Heights High School

Western Heights High School, runner up in the New Zealand
Secondary School of the Year 1998, is proud of its successes. We have
been acknowledged by the New Zealand Education Review Office
which stated that there are "high levels of success in external
examinations ..and a relationship of mutual respect exists between
staff and students."

English Language School (Group B)


Rotorua English Language Academy

Rotorua English Language Academy is a private English language 
school with an excellent reputation.

  • Member of FIELSNZ, CRELS, NZQA registered
  • Small classes with qualified and experienced teachers
  • A friendly and caring atmosphere and comfortable facilities

The academy is situated 5 minutes' walk from the city, opposite the
famous Kuirau Park with its hot mineral pools and sportsfields. There             
are 3 buildings in a garden setting.


Waiariki Institute of Technology (Group C)


 Waiariki Institute of Technology

Waiariki Institute of Technology is a government owned tertiary
institution which is NZQA accredited, registered and approved.

Over 25 years experience in vocational education. Offering bachelors,
diploma and certificate programmes.
Niche study programmes in:

  • nursing,
  • art,
  • forestry,
  • wood processing,
  • business,
  • tourism and hospitality.

Small classes enabling students to maximise individual tutorial support
Modern campus situated in parkland surroundings offering comprehensive
student services Articulation agreements with the University of Waikato
into the Bachelor of Management degree Signatory to The Code of
Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

The campus is conveniently located along the main road into Rotorua, buses
to the City are accessed on campus and the City Centre is only 5 minutes
by car.


 Student Support
Rotorua has an excellent reputation as an
education destination. We have top quality
schools with proven success records.
It is easy for students to study here because
the schools have joined together to help you.
Education Rotorua has set high standards for
the education and care of overseas students.
Each school must comply with these standards
as a member of the group.
Each school has an International Student Co-
Ordinator who will look after you.
Accommodation can be arranged to fit your
needs. Education Rotorua has set high
standards for students' accommodation. All
schools offer homestays which are safe, clean
and comfortable. They have been inspected to
ensure that they meet the high standards of
Education Rotorua. Some schools also offer
their own hostel accommodation.
Rotorua has many exciting leisure activities for
you to enjoy. With mountains, rivers, forests
and 11 major lakes there is endless
opportunity for adventure!

 These universities welcome students from all education Rotorua Schools,
Rotorua English Language Academy and Waiariki Institute of Technology.


Auckland University of Technology

 Waikato Universtiy Hamilton

Canterbury University Christchurch


 Otago University - Duneden
 Massey University - Palmerston North

Victoria University - Wellington


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