Napier Girls’ High School is located in the city of Napier in the Hawkes Bay Region in the North Island of New Zealand. The school is a vibrant teaching and learning community offering a broad range of subjects with exceptional teaching.

Every student can achieve their academic goals and improve their English language with formal tuition and extra co – curricular activities. The students experience and enjoy New Zealand Culture through an extensive programme of trips and activities.

The international students have a choice of accommodation. We have a large pool of home stay families who are carefully matched to the student’s profile. Alternatively we have an on site school Hostel providing accommodation and 24 hour care for New Zealand girls and international students.

Napier Girls’ High School is 138 year old and has a unique blend of traditional values and modern facilities inspiring the learning and experiences of over 1000 pupils.

What makes us unique?

Napier Girls’ High School is one of the top girls’ schools in New Zealand for academic excellence and achievement and is a leading school in e-learning. Napier Girls’ also offer a comprehensive range of sporting and co curricular activities to meet the needs of our diverse range of students.

The school has a dedicated International Department catering for all the student’s pastoral and academic needs. There is a maximum of 50 International student spaces available. On arrival the international student has an orientation session and are paired with a New Zealand buddy to ensure she makes friends and settles well into school life.

Sports, Activities & Trips

The school offers a full range of winter and summer sports and opportunities for students to compete at a national level.

The International students have an Academic Plus programme where students have the opportunity to complete overnight trips and a variety of other outdoor experiences. The students pay for what trips they would like to participate in.

The international students also have two Activity programmes in August and November over the examination periods when tuition is not available – this is no charge.

Sports & Activities

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Canoe Polo
  • Cricket
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Life saving
  • Netball
  • Orienteering
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Paddle boarding/ Kayaking
  • Horse riding
  • Trips to Rotorua and Wellington
  • Rafting on the Mohaka river
  • Tramping
  • Over night trip to Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves
  • Day trip to Cape Kidnapper Gannet Colony
  • National Aquarium
  • Ten Pin Bowling, Flip out & Laser Tag

Languages we teach

  • Te Reo Maori
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Japanese

Extracurricular Activites

  • School Choirs and Barbershop
  • Chamber Music and Orchestra
  • Lessons for Brass, stringed instruments, keyboard and voice
  • Amnesty International club
  • Debating & Drama Club
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Environschool
  • Kapa Haka & Pasifika Cultural Group
  • Key Club
  • School Theatre Production
  • Dance Club
  • Young Enterprise Scheme

End of Year Programme

In November when NCEA students are sitting examinations we have organised daily activities for International students not sitting examinations. These excursions include outdoor education, water sports and hiking. Additionally we plan activities through out the Hawkes Bay with entry fees and transport being paid by the school in lieu of tuition.

Napier Girls High School also has prize giving , gift service and a Farewell dinner for International students to celebrate the girls leaving at the end of the year.

Year Planner

The Year Planner below highlights the key events planned for the year. We offer a range of activities for all skill levels and encourage our International students to join a club, sport or take part in music, drama or a cultural activity.

Our first teams perform at the highest level and students need to be attending in all terms that the sport is played to trial for these teams.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
School Athletic day
School Swimming Sports
Mohaka White Water rafting
Surfing Lessons
Horse Riding
Rotorua Trip (Hobbiton)
Wellington trip
Touch Rugby
Cross Country
Canoe Polo
Table Tennis
November Activites programme
August Activities programme

Susanne Doerner

StudyNZ Co-ordinator

Jo Stickley

Acting International Director and Home Stay Coordinator

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 $4,350.00 NZD $7,900.00 NZD $11,625.00 NZD $15,500.00 NZD
Homestay Fees $3,240.00 NZD $3,240.00 NZD $3,240.00 NZD $3,240.00 NZD
Extramural Fees $375.00 NZD $375.00 NZD $375.00 NZD $375.00 NZD
Study NZ Fees* $3,600.00 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