Aquinas College is a friendly Catholic co-educational college for students ages 11-18.

Founded in 2003, the college is set in expansive 10.7-hectare grounds, with modern facilities including a Sports Action Centre, industrial kitchens and a Maori meeting house (marae). It is well known for its academic performance, consistently achieving one of the highest student success rates of any New Zealand college.

Aquinas College is a vibrant and lively secondary school located in the dynamic coastal city of Tauranga, on the east coast of New Zealand. It is a new and modern school, with excellent facilities that include science laboratories, a gymnasium and music rooms, among others.

As a Catholic college, Aquinas College has a welcoming and inclusive environment, guided by Christian values.

My time at Aquinas College was an amazing experience that I will never forget. All the students and the teacher were always helpful and friendly and I made good friends that I will never forget. Aquinas College helped me have the best possible time in New Zealand. 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?

What is it that makes us unique?

High performing academic college in the region and one of the highest performing colleges in all of New Zealand.

Aquinas College offers a Catholic scholarship for students worth 50% of the tuition fee.

It enrolls up to 30 international students from around the world, which means students meet and befriend genuine Kiwi students, not just other international students.

The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, a place where students are supported to meet their sports, cultural, artistic, service, personal, and academic goals.

Holistic well-being is valued, and students are encouraged to participate in all facets of school life. This includes joining clubs, leading committees, representing the school in sports, and participating in cultural and artistic events.

Sports, Activities & Trips

Students can participate in 28 different sports while attending Aquinas College. These include sailing, gymnastics sports and water polo, as well as football, rugby union and netball. High performance athletes may apply to participate in the Aquinas College Sports Academy. This special program runs before and after school and is designed to support students with training and play outside of school hours. More than 70% of the students at Aquinas College participate in sports. Track and field, swimming, and distance running are school events held each year, and successful athletes have the opportunity to participate in regional and national competitions.

Students at Aquinas College have the option of learning French and Maori “te reo” in addition to English. Any student wishing to learn another language will be supported in doing so through online learning classes. Students who need additional support in the English language receive small class classes as part of the English as a Second Language course.

The choir, jazz band, wind band, badminton club, and environmental committee are just a few of the many clubs and activities available to Aquinas College students. Many of these occur on the college campus before or after school, or during the lunch hour. There are also free music lessons scheduled within school hours for students who want to learn to play a musical instrument.

Sports & Activities

  • Día de Orientación para estudiantes nuevos con almuerzo - enero
  • Asado para estudiantes nuevos y familias - febrero
  • Festival y feria en el atardecer - marzo
  • Primer trimestre: Pescado y papas fritas en la playa de Mount Maunganui - abril
  • Segundo trimestre: McLaren Falls, deporte y kayak - junio
  • Tercer trimestre: góndola y trineo en Rotorua, y visita a la aldea cultural maorí Te Puia- septiembre
  • Cuarto trimestre: Fiesta de Navidad con piscina y cena compartida - noviembre
  • Atletismo
  • Bádminton
  • Baloncesto
  • Carrera de larga distancia
  • Cricket
  • Crosscountry
  • Escalada de roca
  • Esquí / Snowboard
  • Fútbol
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Regatas
  • Netball
  • Remo
  • Gimnasio
  • Trepar

Languages we teach

  • Inglés como segundo idioma
  • Francés
  • Inglés
  • Te Reo Māori

Extracurricular Activites

  • Banda de Concierto
  • Banda de Jazz
  • Club de Ajedrez
  • Club de Becas
  • Club de Debate
  • Club Internacional
  • Comité de Pelota
  • Comité de Revista
  • Comité de Salud y Bienestar
  • Coro

End of Year Programme

International students participate in a 3-week tourist activities program. This includes trips to Waitomo Caves, White Water Rafting, Hobbiton Movie Set and visiting the geothermal wonders of Rotorua.

They also take part in fun New Zealand food, art and culture workshops, a volunteer program at an animal shelter and a primary school.

Year Planner

There are a wide variety of sports and activities in which students can participate. It is the best way to improve your English, make new friends and try something new. It is also possible to join a local club if you have a sport or activity that you enjoy that the school does not offer. Just contact our friendly international department and we’ll arrange it for you.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Correr a campo traviesa
Deportes de gimnasia (Incluye Artística, Tumbling, Cheerleading, Aerobic, Rítmica y Trampolín)
Escalada de roca
Esquí / Snowboard

Susanne Doerner

StudyNZ Co-ordinator

Donna Jarden

Director de Estudiantes Internacionales

Natasha Kahle

Administrador de estudiantes internacionales

Fee Breakdown

Tenga en cuenta que estas tarifas son aproximadas. Comuníquese con StudyNZ o el colegio para conocer las tarifas exactas según su elección de actividades o materias.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
School Fees $3,712.00 NZD $3,712.00 NZD $3,712.00 NZD $3,712.00 NZD
Homestay Fees $3,360.00 NZD $3,360.00 NZD $3,360.00 NZD $3,360.00 NZD
Extramural Fees $150.00 NZD $150.00 NZD $150.00 NZD $150.00 NZD
Study NZ Fees* $3,600.00 NZD

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