International Department

Welcome to Kaipara College

Kaipara College warmly welcomes international students. As well as offering a wide range of subjects and co-curricular activities, we offer many special features to meet the needs of students from other countries.

Students are welcome to our school either for short-term or long-term study. We provide an excellent ESOL programme, a special system of pastoral care, and recreational activities which ensure that international students gain full benefit from their time in New Zealand.

Kaipara College is located in the town of Helensville, on the North West edge of Auckland. It is one hour from the Auckland’s International Airport and is 40 minutes drive from the center of the city. It has the best of the New Zealand countryside, while being very close to the city. Our students come from small communities and townships within the horticulture and farming regions, right on the edge of the city. People living in the area can easily get to the city and enjoy its facilities, while living close to beaches, golf courses and open spaces.

Kaipara College visit China and Japan 2018

Kaipara College Deputy Principal Mr Nick Roberts will be visiting China and Japan over late March and early April 2018. 
Mr Roberts has been with Kaipara College since 2003 and extends a welcome to students, their families and agents to Kaipara College as a viable option for overseas study.

"One of the aspects I see as a strength of our international department is that although our department is we have such a diversity of nationalities and not too many students. There are students representing Asia, South America and Europe." says Mr Roberts. "When a student from overseas joins us they are immersed in our academic subjects and extracurricular activities including sports, arts and culture. I think students come to us because they want to work on their English, gain an internationally recognised education and experience life as a typical New Zealand teenager."

If you would like to meet with Mr Roberts while he is in China and Japan then please email him at .  Mr Roberts' travel intinerary is:

Nick Roberts Speech Photo


  • Hong Kong   21-22 March
  • Beijing           23 - 27 March
  • Shanghai       27 - 29 March


  • Osaka           29 March
  • Kyoto            30 March
  • Tokyo           31 March - 4 April 

A Home away from Home

Below is a ten minute documentary looking through the eyes of Kaipara College international student Pauline Wagner from Germany.  This video was directed and edited by Kaipara College student Cassie Carter-Bock

Location of Kaipara College

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We offer our international students full access to the New Zealand secondary education system. Enrolment in a course is conditional upon our assessment of their level of achievement. We will not enrol students in a course that they cannot handle, either because of their level of academic achievement or because of their level of English.

We provide our international students with English Language classes from intermediate to NCEA level 3.

We can also provide students with additional help in their courses.All students can enter for New Zealand state qualifications at Years 11, 12 and 13.

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Please download a copy of the fees document.

2019 Kaipara College International Student Fees 

The tuition fee provides:

• tuition

• text books

• an orientation programme to introduce the student to Kaipara College and the local area

• assistance in establishing a bank account

• care and advice from the Director of International Students

• a friendly school where each student will feel welcome

The tuition fee must be paid in advance.


We are able to arrange homestay accommodation with a New Zealand family. The homestay provides a student with a fully furnished single room, all meals and laundry. All our homestays follow The Ministry of Education's International Student Homestay Guidelines. Homestays are organized and monitored by Kaipara College. 2017 homestay costs are NZD $250 per week. Homestay fees must be paid 12 months in advance to the College.


The administration fee covers homestay placement, screening, police vetting and coordination and other school-related administrative expenses.


Year 9 and 10 Courses

Students study Supplementary English (ESOL), English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education. In addition, they study preparatory courses in Arts, Music, Drama, Technology, Business and Maori Studies.

Year 11 Courses

Students select six subjects from; Supplementary English (ESOL), English, Mathematics, Science, Biology, Horticulture, Food and Hospitality, History, Geography, Business management, Computing, Art, Music, Drama, Digital Technology, Physical Education, Graphics, Workshop Technology, and Maori.

Year 12 Courses

Students select six subjects from; Supplementary English (ESOL), English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Horticulture, Food and Hospitality, History, Geography, Business management, Computing, Painting, Music, Drama, Digital Technology, Physical Education, Graphics, Mechanical Technology, Timber Technology, Maori, Media Studies, Forestry, History, Tourism, Graphics and Photography Design.

Year 13 Courses

Students can select five or six subjects from;Supplementary English (ESOL), English, Mathematics with Calculus, Mathematics with Statistics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Horticulture, Food and Hospitality, Geography, Business management, Computing, Painting, Music, Drama, Digital Technology, Physical Education, Graphics, Classics meets History, Maori, Media Studies, Tourism, Graphics and Photography Design.


NZQA Information:

Why Study In New Zealand English

Why Study In New Zealand Mandarin

NZQA English Brochure 

NZQA Chinese Brochure

NZQA Japanese Brochure

NZQA Korean Brochure 

NZQA German Brochure

NZQA Code Summary English

NZQA Code Summary Chinese

NZQA Code Summary Japanese

International Students How To Make A Complaint 


Contact Details:

Mrs Sally Olsen

C/-Kaipara College
36 Rautawhiri Road
Helensville 0800
New Zealand

Phone +64 9 420 8640 Fax +64 9 420 7485


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Kaipara College Student Application Form 1

Kaipara College International Student Tuition Agreement (english)

Kaipara College Fees 2018