Lists of schools in New Zealand

New Zealand has over 2,500 primary and secondary schools.

State schools and state integrated schools are primarily funded by the central government. Private schools receive a lower level of state funding (about 25% of their costs). See Secondary education in New Zealand for more details.

Population decline in rural and some urban areas has led to school closures in recent decades. This was a much debated topic in 20032004.

Largest schools

These are the 50 largest schools in New Zealand, plus significant largest schools not in the largest 50 overall, based on the July 2016 roll numbers.[1]

Rank Name Location Roll Notes
1 Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu central Wellington 4557 National correspondence school
2 Rangitoto College Mairangi Bay, Auckland 3110 Largest school in New Zealand
3 Mount Albert Grammar School Mount Albert, Auckland 2724
4 Avondale College Avondale, Auckland 2702
5 Burnside High School Burnside, Christchurch 2521 Largest school in the South Island, largest school in the Canterbury region
6 Macleans College Bucklands Beach, Auckland 2529
7 Auckland Grammar School Epsom, Auckland 2521 Largest single-sex school (boys')
8 Westlake Boys' High School Takapuna, Auckland 2296
9 Hamilton Boys' High School Hamilton 2251 Largest school in the Waikato region
10 Epsom Girls' Grammar School Epsom, Auckland 2196 Largest single-sex girls' school
11 Westlake Girls' High School Takapuna, Auckland 2081
12 Mount Roskill Grammar School Mt Roskill, Auckland 2084
13 Pakuranga College Bucklands Beach, Auckland 2173
14 Otumoetai College Tauranga 1981 Largest school in the Bay of Plenty region
15 Massey High School Massey, Auckland 1939
16 Howick College Howick South, Auckland 2005
17 Manurewa High School Manurewa, Auckland 1991
18 Hagley Community College Central City, Christchurch 2127
19 James Hargest College Invercargill 1957 Largest school in the Southland region
20 Orewa College Orewa, Auckland 1929 Largest Year 7–13 secondary school
21 Tauranga Boys' College Tauranga 1932
22 Lynfield College Mount Roskill, Auckland 1874
23 Saint Kentigern College Pakuranga, Auckland 1938 Largest private school
24 Botany Downs Secondary College Botany Downs, Auckland 1874
25 Cashmere High School Cashmere, Christchurch 1914
26 Hillcrest High School Hamilton 1802
27 Rangiora High School Rangiora 1768 Largest school in a secondary urban area (pop. 10k–30k)
28 Palmerston North Boys' High School Palmerston North 1790 Largest school in the Manawatu-Wanganui region
29 Rosehill College Papakura, Auckland 1827
30 Long Bay College Torbay, Auckland 1675
31 Westmount School Mangere, Auckland 1662 Multi-campus school
32 Takapuna Grammar School Takapuna, Auckland 1676
33 Wellington College Mount Victoria, Wellington 1658 Largest school in the Wellington region
34 Hamilton Girls' High School Hamilton 1698
35 Hutt Valley High School Lower Hutt 1661
36 Pukekohe High School Pukekohe, Auckland 1633
37 Lincoln High School Lincoln 1667 Largest school in a minor urban area (pop. 1k–10k)
38 Wanganui High School Whanganui 1573
39 Southern Cross Campus Mangere, Auckland 1581 Largest composite (Year 1–13) school
40 Papanui High School Papanui, Christchurch 1580
41 Bethlehem College Tauranga 1584 Largest state-integrated school
42 Papatoetoe High School Papatoetoe, Auckland 1481
43 Western Heights High School Rotorua 1448
44 Kerikeri High School Kerikeri 1517 Largest school in the Northland Region
45 Tawa College Tawa, Wellington 1510
46 Waimea College Richmond 1477 Largest school in the Tasman region
47 Cambridge High School Cambridge 1483
48 Aorere College Papatoetoe, Auckland 1566
49 Kristin School Albany, Auckland 1508
50 Fraser High School Hamilton 1492
New Plymouth Girls' High School New Plymouth 1231 Largest school in the Taranaki region
Napier Boys' High School Napier 1241 Largest school in the Hawke's Bay region
Nelson College for Girls Nelson 1112 Largest school in the Nelson region
Tauranga Intermediate Tauranga 1189 Largest intermediate (Year 7–8) school
King's High School Dunedin 1051 Largest school in the Otago region
Marlborough Girls' College Blenheim 964 Largest school in the Marlborough region
Finlayson Park School Manurewa, Auckland 954 Largest primary school (Years 1–6)
Balmoral School Mount Eden, Auckland 842 Largest full primary (Year 1–8) school
Gisborne Boys' High School Gisborne 844 Largest school in the Gisborne region
Greymouth High School Greymouth 537 Largest school in the West Coast region
Waiheke High School Surfdale, Waiheke Island 499 Largest school outside the North and South Islands
Onewhero Area School Onewhero, Waikato 523 Largest school in a rural area (pop. <1k)

Schools by region

North Island

South Island and other islands

Former schools by region

See also


  1. "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2016". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
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