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 800 students including 50 international students from 10 countries. We welcome international students at any time during the school year.

We live in Queenstown and we wanted to send our daughter, Alice, to Secondary School in Dunedin because of the unique qualities of the city. Dunedin is a compact coastal city with a beautiful harbour, an interesting history and a range of cultural, sporting and academic opportunities not available in a smaller centre like Queenstown.

We initially chose to send Alice to Otago Girls’ High School (OGHS) after she missed selection to one of the established boarding schools in Dunedin. At that time competition for boarding school places was fierce due to the earthquake in Chrischurch, which had reduced availability of places there. We now consider this outcome has been the best possible one for Alice.
OGHS is a very special School. It has been a privilege for us to watch Alice develop under the guidance of the excellent staff at the school.

From management, through support staff and teachers, without exception, we have found the staff to be thoroughly professional, skilled and genuinely committed to creating the best learning environment for the girls. The girls at OGHS come from a very wide range of backgrounds – they are typical New Zealanders. OGHS is not in any way elitist or pompous. From our perspective, the School is very focussed on a high quality education. Thanks to the culture of quality and achievement at OGHS, Alice has achieved at a high level academically. She has also been influenced by some very impressive role-models from within the staff.

The School offers many opportunities for students. Alice enjoys sport and has been involved in swimming, water polo and hockey. Organised through the School, Alice was able to participate in a group ‘World Challenge’ expedition to Thailand and Laos, which included a multi-day trek and a week doing aid work in a village where the girls helped dig trenches for a new water supply and stayed with local families. The girls were responsible for a lot of the planning and running of the expedition, and it was an excellent experience for them.

Alice also enjoyed school hiking trips in the New Zealand mountains.
As parents, we have no hesitation in recommending Otago Girls’ High School. It is a great school, and it’s located in the heart of a great little city – Dunedin.

Fiona Moran (Parent)

New Zealand

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
  • Equestrian
  • Multi sports
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Fencing
  • Rock climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Rowing
  • Sailing

Languages we teach

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • 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 4 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

Susanne Doerner

StudyNZ Co-ordinator

Alison Stephenson

International Director

Linda Miller


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 $3,625.00 nzd $3,625.00 nzd $3,625.00 nzd $3,625.00 nzd
Homestay Fees $2,860.00 nzd $2,600.00 nzd $2,600.00 nzd $2,600.00 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