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Wanganui City College

Secondary (Years 9-13, approx age 13-17)

...the school with heart

* Learn in our bicultural co-educational high school of 400

* Live in a coastal North Island town on the Whanganui River

* Enjoy the easy accessibility to the mountains, river and sea

* Become a part of a new warm host family

* Challenge yourself in the man sports and extra-curricular activities

* Participate in a unique Academic+ programme

Wanganui is a small city with a population of 45,000 people, situated on the west coast of the North Island alongside the picturesque Whanganui River. Wanganui is a small, safe community, with many amenities focussed on providing pastimes for the district's teenagers. The climate in Wanganui is very temperate, making it attractive all year round. The flight from Auckland to Wanganui is only one hour and we meet all students at Wanganui Airport.

Contact Wanganui City College

Physical address
84 Ingestre Street
4541 Wanganui
New Zealand
Phone numbers
64 6 349 0180
  • Number of students: 400
  • Male and Female
Whanganui was one of the first cities to be founded in New Zealand. Whanganui, meaning ‘big river’ comes from the great river that flows through it.

The city is picturesque and has much to show the visitor. Prominent heritage buildings in the city include the Whanganui Opera House and the Sarjeant Art Gallery. Visit the regional museum and see the magnificent collection of Lindauer portraits and Māori treasures. And have a look at one of the more unusual attractions, the earthbound elevator that rises to the top of Durie Hill.

But the real heart of this place, both physically and spiritually, is the Whanganui River. In early times the river was an important transport route for Māori and European settlers. Today, the Whanganui National Park is a place of river adventures where you can zip up the river by jetboat or cruise it by paddle steamer. For a kayaking experience, try the ‘Whanganui Journey’ which starts in Taumaranui and ends in Pipiriki, taking you through stunning bush-clad hill country and long narrow gorges. Time, indeed, to go with the flow.
Main centres: 

Whanganui

Towns: 

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Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand