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Established in 1872, Napier Boys’ High School remains one of New Zealand’s oldest and most successful state schools. A large school we are able to offer a significant range of subjects and experiences that enhance boys’ learning, independence and self-management in and out of class.

Our classes and experiences are varied, from engineering or viticulture to a very unique Earth and Space Science programme utilising our onsite Holt Planetarium. A strong sporting school, in the past four years we have had over sixty students play sport for New Zealand.

Napier Boys’ High School is located in the beautiful city of Napier, New Zealand, beside the Pacific Ocean. Living in Napier is a unique experience. It is a city known for its climate and beauty. Napier’s architecture and natural setting make it an extremely popular tourist destination. We are a 45 minute flight from Auckland.

The school is set on a 30 hectare site, two minutes to the beach. Unique features include our own winery, onsite boarding for 190 students, farm, large swimming complex and all weather tennis / hockey facilities and Planetarium.

We have been accepting international students since the 1990s. We offer a boutique international programme. We tailor or personalise the programme to meet the goals and needs of the individual student, whether it is short or long-term stay. Our popular PLUS outdoor package for international students takes advantage of our beautiful climate and access to the outdoors.

What makes us unique?

Our international programme is very unique. We like to meet with potential students and families before they arrive in New Zealand. In this way we are able to understand their interests, needs and goals, making the students journey a shared experience.

With four dedicated staff in the international department we provide exceptional care and management of our international students, ensuring they are engaged and active in and out of the classroom. Our school offers a significant range of classes and experiences. We challenge our international students to try new subjects and activities. In this way our international students become ‘kiwi boys’ so quickly.

Sports, Activities & Trips

As a large boys’ school we are able to offer a range of sporting and cultural experiences. We expect our international students to join a sport or cultural activity. This is a great way to make new friends in and out of school. Sports are organised through school. Students do have the option of joining a club outside of school too.

Sports: We offer over 35 different sports, both summer and winter. Major sports include golf, cycling and mountain biking, triathlon, multi-sport, tennis, rowing, athletics, sailing, touch rugby, volleyball, swimming, surf life-saving, cricket, canoe polo, squash, table tennis, badminton, basketball, soccer, futsal, rugby, hockey, orienteering, clay target shooting, cross country, small-bore shooting, clay-bird shooting and equestrian.

Cultural Activities: visual arts, theatre sports, oratory, debating, drama, kapa haka, chamber music, choir, barbershop, funk band, rockquest, Pacifica Beats, public speaking, school band and pipe band.

PLUS outdoor programme: Our popular +PLUS programme offers a wide range of outdoor and cultural experiences. We take advantage of the beautiful and world-famous Hawke’s Bay summer and landscape. This is the real New Zealand! Activities include surfing lessons, white-water rafting, black-water rafting, Tongiriro Crossing, paddle-boarding, Adrenalin Park and a Super Rugby experience.

Sports & Activities

  • Golf
  • Cycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Triathlon
  • Multi-sport
  • Tennis
  • Rowing
  • Athletics
  • Sailing
  • Touch rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming
  • Surf life saving
  • Cricket
  • Canoe polo
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Futsal
  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Orienteering
  • Clay target shooting
  • Cross country
  • Small-bore shooting
  • Equestrian

Languages we teach

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Te Reo Maori
  • Spanish (private onsite tutor)
  • German and Latin by distance learning

End of Year Programme

We repeat our popular PLUS outdoor programme for students not completing the NCEA examinations.

Our popular +PLUS programme offers a wide range of outdoor and cultural experiences. We take advantage of the beautiful and world-famous Hawke’s Bay summer and landscape. This is the real New Zealand! Activities include surfing lessons, white-water rafting, black-water rafting, Tongiriro Crossing, paddle-boarding, paintball and a visit to Rotorua, Gisborne or Wellington. We expect our students to complete a service component too. We look to place students into organisations that fit with the international student’s interests.

Year Planner

International students can join the school at any time during the school year. The main intakes are late January and July. This coincides with our Term 1 and Term 3.

We expect our international students to become involved in the wider life of the school. Joining a club, sport or activity is an important part of ‘belonging’ to Napier Boys’ High School. Also, it is a great way to develop your English skills and meet new friends.

We offer a range of activities for all skill levels. Our first teams perform at the highest level. In the past four years we have had over 60 students play sport for New Zealand. But, we also have teams organised at a social level with the emphasis more on fun and friendship.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Canoe Polo
Squash
Table Tennis
Badminton
Basketball
Football (soccer)
Futsal
Rugby
Hockey
Orienteering
Clay Target Shooting
Cross Country
Equestrian
Motocross
Snow Sports
Small-bore Shooting
Cricket
Golf
Cycling
Mountain-biking
Triathlon
Tennis
Rowing
Athletics
Saling
Touch rugby
Volleyball
Swimming
Surf Life Saving
Super 8 Visual Art
Theatre Sports
Oratory
Debating
Drama
Kapa Haka
Chamber Music
Choir
Barbershop
Funk Band
Rock Quest
Pacifica Beats
Public Speaking
Pipe Band

Susanne Doerner

StudyNZ Co-ordinator

Tim Cameron

International Director

Glenn Jones

Dean - International

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 $3,600.00 nzd $3,000.00 nzd $3,200.00 nzd $3,200.00 nzd
Homestay Fees $2,475.00 nzd $2,700.00 nzd $2,700.00 nzd $2,475.00 nzd
Extramural Fees $350.00 nzd $600.00 nzd $700.00 nzd $800.00 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 Masterpolicy.