Aquinas College is a friendly co-educational secondary school for Year 7 (aged 11 years) to Year 13 (aged 18 years). It is set on 25 park- like acres (10.7 hectares) in the busy, seaside city of Tauranga on New Zealand’s East Coast.

It is a new and modern College, with outstanding facilities including science laboratories, a gymnasium, music rooms, industrial kitchens and a Māori Meeting House or “Whare”. Aquinas College has an outstanding record for excellent academic achievement throughout New Zealand. As a Catholic school, it has a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, guided by the values of Family, Prayer, Scholarship, Service, Truth and Joy.

My time at Aquinas College was an awesome experience that I will never forget. All students and teacher were always helpful and friendly and I made good friends that I will never forget. Aquinas College helped me to have the best possible time in New Zealand that I can have. I did subjects that are not offered at my school in Germany like Hard Materials Technology. I made a coffee table for my host family. They loved it!

Anna Smialek


What makes us unique?

Top performing academic school in the Region and one of the top achieving schools in New Zealand.

Maximum of 28 International students meaning students meet and become friends with genuine ‘kiwi’ students not other German students

The environment is warm and welcoming, a place students are supported to fulfil their sporting, cultural, arts, service, personal and academic goals

Sports, Activities & Trips

Students can take part in 28 different sports while enrolled at Aquinas College. These include yachting, gym sports and water polo as well as football, rugby and netball. Highly performing athletes can apply to be part of the Aquinas College Sports Academy. This special programme runs before and after school and is designed to support students with training and play commitments outside of school time. There is over 70% of students taking part in sports at Aquinas College. Athletics, swimming and Cross Country Running are all school-wide event that are held each year, with successful athletes given the opportunity to complete in Regional and National Competitions.

Aquinas College students have the option to learn French and Te Reo Maori languages, in addition to English. Any student wanting to learn another language will be supported to do so via Correspondence Online Learning. Students needing additional English language support receive 1 on 1 tuition as part of the ESOL Programme.

Choir, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Beekeepers Club and Environment Committee are just a few of the many clubs and activities that are open to students at Aquinas College. Lots of these happen on at the College campus before or after school, or during lunch breaks. There are also free music lessons scheduled within school hours for students wanting to learn a musical instrument.

Sports & Activities

  • New students Orientation Day with lunch - January
  • New students and families barbecue - February
  • Twilight Gala and Fair - March
  • Term 1 Trip - Fish n chips at Mt Maunganui beach - April
  • Term 2 Trip - McLarens Falls Sports and kayaking - June
  • Term 3 Trip - Rotorua Gondola and Luge riding with visit to Te Puia Maori Village - September
  • Term 4 - Christmas Party with simming and shared dinner - November
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country Running
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymsports
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Ski Snowboarding

Languages we teach

  • English
  • Specialised English Language Tuition
  • French
  • Te Reo Maori

Extracurricular Activites

  • Physics club

End of Year Programme

Students not sitting Exams take part in a 3-week activity programme. This includes trips to local tourist attractions such as Waitomo Caves, White Water Rafting, visit to Hobbiton, the movie set of the famous movie filmed in New Zealand, The Hobbit.
They also attend fun workshops on New Zealand food, art and culture as well as take part in a volunteer programme at a local animal shelter and primary school.

Year Planner

There is a wide variety of sports and activities that students can take part in. It’s the best way to improve your English, make new friends and try out something new. It is also possible to join a local club if you have a sport or activity that you enjoy that is not offered by the College. Just contact our friendly International Team and we will arrange it for you.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Cross Country Running
Gymsports (Includes Artistic, Tumbling, Cheerleading, Aerobics, Rhythmic and Trampoline)
Rock Climbing
Skiing / Snowboarding

Susanne Doerner

StudyNZ Co-ordinator

Donna Jarden

Director of International Students

Natasha Kahle

International Student Administrator

Fee Breakdown

Please note that these fees are approximate. Contact StudyNZ or the school for exact fees depending on your choice of activities or subjects.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
School Fees $3,687.00 nzd $3,687.00 nzd $3,687.00 nzd $3,687.00 nzd
Homestay Fees $3,180.00 nzd $3,180.00 nzd $3,180.00 nzd $3,180.00 nzd
Extramural Fees $150.00 nzd $150.00 nzd $150.00 nzd $150.00 nzd
Study NZ Fees* $2,600.00 nzd

Our Fees include the consultation beforehand, school choice, assistance with all paperwork and visa application, preparation for time abroad. Pick up on arrival. Transfer to family or domestic flight depending on destination and support during entire stay in New Zealand for student and family. Airport drop off or check in support in Auckland for departure to home country depending on departure situation. We also offer orientation and farewell camps for our students on arrival and departure. Health Insurance is compulsory and can be taken out through StudyNZ with Unicare under our Master policy