International - Why Us?

Kerikeri High School has high standards and a proven track record of academic achievement but what makes us unique is the Kerikeri environment and our highly regarded Sailing Academy.

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Kemp House

Kerikeri is a vibrant, bustling town of about 10,000 people located in the beautiful Bay of Islands in northern New Zealand approximately 45 minutes by plane or 3 hours by car north of Auckland. Originally home to Maori villages, Kerikeri was one of the first places settled by European missionaries in the early 1800s. Kemp House and The Stone Store are the oldest buildings of their kind in New Zealand.

The warm sub-tropical climate is ideal for fruit growing and there is a long established horticultural industry based on successful citrus and kiwifruit production. World-class sailing, fishing, and diving are available in the Bay of Islands. Kerikeri has a unique lifestyle with numerous cafes, boutique shops, artists, and galleries.


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"Kerikeri High School gave us the chance to get to know the Maori culture with a visit to the marae to learn traditional games and crafts and have a wonderful show with a haka like the All Blacks!  We helped to prepare our hangi, a dinner cooked under the ground with hot stones and had a great time with such happy and friendly people."
Rafael, Brazil

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"Are you looking for a great place to study? Are you looking for some sport and music? Well, whatever you are looking for will be here at Kerikeri High School ~ fantastic teachers and a wonderful place to meet new Kiwi friends and other students from all round the world."
Alfonso, Italy

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"Thanks to the Academic Plus classes, I could try scuba diving, horse riding, golf and surfing. I had never tried any of them in Japan so this opportunity has given me some wonderful experiences and when I go back home I want to try all of them!."
Maaya, Japan

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"I love my homestay. My homestay mother really takes care of me. We go on trips around Kerikeri and to Auckland and she even cooks rice and vegetables especially for me! She is very lovely and friendly and I would recommend anyone to stay here."
Shi Bo, China

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"I am having some awesome days in New Zealand with my host family. I love spending time with them because they always take care of me which makes me feel safe and at home. They have treated me just like a real daughter!"
Yun Ha, Korea

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"When I arrived in New Zealand I could not speak much English. Then I opened my heart to try to learn something new. The teachers and International Department are so helpful when I have a problem. I love Kerikeri even if it has only been for a short time in my life and I will never forget my stay here."
Nice, Thailand

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"Even though Kerikeri is small, there are so many things you can do and you will never be bored! Here you will find all you need to have an awesome Kiwi adventure."
Marta, Italy

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"The Sailing Academy at Kerikeri High School is a great opportunity and lots of fun for beginners and advanced sailors. You will learn a lot of new skills with experienced coaches and make friends for life during events like an overnight on an island and keelboat racing ~ and all that in the most beautiful sailing area in the world, the Bay of Islands."
Steffen, Germany