Otago Girls’ High School was established in 1871 and is the oldest girls’ high school in the Southern Hemisphere.

It has an international reputation for academic excellence as well as great success in sport and cultural activities. We are proud of the students who have passed through the school. These include New Zealand’s first woman lawyer, medical graduate, practising doctor, Olympic gold medal winner and the first New Zealand woman appointed as a High Court Judge. We have also had eight ex-girls who
have competed at the Olympic Games.

More than 80% of our students gain university entrance. Our international students go on to study at top universities in New Zealand and around the world. Otago Girls’ High School has 700 students including 10 international students from 5 countries. We welcome international students at any time during the school year.

Dunedin is located in the lower South Island of New Zealand. Dunedin is home to the University of Otago, which is New Zealand’s oldest university. Otago Girls’ High School is located in the city centre of Dunedin. Dunedin is a vibrant city where students make up 20% of the population. Dunedin offers great amenities for students, from a huge variety of cultural events to many outdoor pursuits available on beautiful Otago Harbour. Dunedin is the wildlife capital of New Zealand as well as being the gateway to Central Otago.



Sports, Activities & Trips

Otago Girls’ High School offers a very large variety of sporting options and encourages all students to try a new sport. Sports offered include hockey, football, rugby, ice hockey, netball, water polo, canoe polo, volleyball, badminton and tennis.

Outdoor education is a popular subject at Otago Girls’ High School and there are school camps offered at each year level. The school organises an annual ski/snowboarding trip to Queenstown every year in August.

Sports & Activities

  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Touch rugby
  • Water polo
  • Canoe polo
  • Netball
  • Multi sports
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Fencing
  • Rock climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Rowing
  • Sailing

Languages we teach

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • Te Reo Maori
  • English
  • Latin tutoring on a 1-1 basis

Extracurricular Activites

  • Hard materials
  • Hospitality
  • Performing arts
  • Fashion design
  • Food technology
  • Creative Writing
  • Jazz Band
  • Rock Band
  • Kapa Haka
  • Hip Hop Dance
  • Robotics

End of Year Programme

We offer a full end of year programme which lasts for 3 weeks. The programme includes visits to the Catlins, Arrowtown and other parts of the South Island.
There are opportunities to try different sports, tourism outings and project work in class.

Year Planner

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Canoe Polo
Cross Country
Ice hockey
Multi sport
Rock Climbing
Rugby / Sevens
Rugby Touch

Susanne Doerner

StudyNZ Co-ordinator

Alison Stephenson

International Director

Bridget Davidson


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 $3,725.00 nzd $3,725.00 nzd $3,725.00 nzd $3,725.00 nzd
Homestay Fees $3,450.00 nzd $3,450.00 nzd $3,450.00 nzd $3,450.00 nzd
Extramural Fees $ nzd $ nzd $ nzd $ 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