Howick College is a modern, dynamic and innovative school which provides a well-balanced education that fosters students' achievement in all areas and acknowledges each student as a unique individual.
Our aim is to prepare you for a lifetime of learning and to equip you with the capabilities you need to succeed in the future. Wherever you come from, Howick College inspires all students to strive for success and be the very best that you can be in all facets of life.
We welcome students from all around the world and provide extraordinary care to ensure you receive high quality education and support that will enhance your learning and make certain your experience in New Zealand is positive and rewarding.
Our future focused, modern curriculum will equip you with skills for success and motivate you to reach your potential in all academic, sporting, and cultural pursuits.
We recognise each of our students as individuals, and work with you to provide a personalised experience that is delivered by our outstanding staff.
of our Year 13 international students completing NCEA, successfully gained University Entrance and Tertiary Pathways
of our students achieved NCEA Level 1 in 2021
(National Average 68.3%)
of our students achieved NCEA Level 2 in 2021
(National Average 77.2%)
Every year the Howick College welcomes students from over 17 different countries. We will meet you at the airport, introduce you to your homestay family and pair you with a local student, who will help you integrate into life at school.
Our dedicated International team are here to help you. You can talk to us about academic assistance, personal concerns, or get help to plan a trip so you can experience more of our beautiful country.
We encourage you to become involved in many of the opportunities we offer including the International Food Festival, School Ball, School Production, a variety of sports teams, community service and environmental projects.
Howick College is located in the eastern suburbs, approximately 30 minutes from the central city by car or ferry. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city, where everyone has easy access to our beautiful beaches, parks and hiking trails.
Howick offers a safe, relaxed lifestyle for families, with many beaches, sporting and cultural clubs, local shops, cinemas, shopping malls and parks close by.
Participation in the extensive sporting and co-curricular opportunities we provide, helps students build resilience and perseverance, while making friends and having fun! For more information about what activities we have on offer, please visit the Co-Curriculum section.
Outdoor Education (OED)
When choosing Howick College, we aim to give you an incredible experience along-side excellent academic opportunities. For many of our students, our highly regarded Outdoor Education programme delivers this and more!
Outdoor Education encompasses a variety of skills and activities including kayaking, sailing, camps, rock-climbing, first aid, high ropes and tramping. You will develop confidence, leadership, creativity, and team-building skills, all while exploring our gorgeous country.
Trips and Events
To help you make the most of your experience in New Zealand, we organise day and overnight trips throughout the year. Whether you are here for a short experience or finishing your education with us, you will have opportunities to explore some of the great locations and activities that make New Zealand special.
Throughout the year, the International Department and Student Council, organise trips to help you take advantage of the places and activities on offer in our wonderful city! Some recent trips have been to the Auckland Zoo, Hobbiton, paintball and beach picnics.
Fun-filled after-school activities including movies and popcorn, international dinners and homestay family evenings, help many students establish life-long friendships.
Explore some of New Zealand’s best kept secrets on this 3-day trip in Term 3, for our OED International students. Included is the world-renowned Tongariro Crossing hike, mountain biking and thermal hot pools.
South Island or North Island Beach Tour
As part of our End of Year Programme for students not sitting NZ exams, students have the option of joining one of two 10-day trips available:
The South Island tour explores some of NZ’s most popular destinations and attractions, including Queenstown, Christchurch, Wanaka and the Milford Sound. Activities offered include jet boating, swimming with dolphins, whale watching, canyon swing and kayaking, to name a few.
The North Island Beach tour comprises all of what makes NZ summer spectacular. If you like the sun, sand, surf and hanging with your friends, this is the trip for you!
Also part of our End of Year Programme for students not sitting NZ exams, is the opportunity to join our Year 9 Camp as a Senior Leader and experience the best of NZ as a ‘kiwi kid’. Activities include camping in a tent overnight, learning archery skills, watersliding, sailing and cooking dinner over an open fire.
If this is not enough excitement, our approved tour companies organise day, overnight and school holiday trips year-round. Please visit the websites below to see upcoming tours, then come and talk to the International Department to book your trip.