Lists of schools in New Zealand

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

State schools and state integrated schools are primarily funded by 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 2003–2004.

Largest schools[edit]

These are the 50 largest schools in New Zealand, plus significant largest schools not in the largest 50 overall, based on March 2014 roll numbers.[1]

Rank Name Location Roll Notes
1 Rangitoto College Mairangi Bay, Auckland 3076 Largest school in New Zealand
2 Mount Albert Grammar School Mount Albert, Auckland 2755
3 Avondale College Avondale, Auckland 2633
4 Burnside High School Burnside, Christchurch 2613 Largest school in the South Island, largest school in the Canterbury region
5 Macleans College Bucklands Beach, Auckland 2568
6 Auckland Grammar School Epsom, Auckland 2564 Largest single-sex school (boys')
7 Westlake Boys' High School Takapuna, Auckland 2283
8 Hamilton Boys' High School Hamilton 2276 Largest school in the Waikato region
9 Westlake Girls' High School Takapuna, Auckland 2213 Largest single-sex girls' school
10 Epsom Girls' Grammar School Epsom, Auckland 2202
11 Mount Roskill Grammar Mt Roskill, Auckland 2178
12 Massey High School Massey, Auckland 2129
13 Pakuranga College Bucklands Beach, Auckland 2084
14 Hagley Community College Central City, Christchurch 2063
15 Otumoetai College Tauranga 2053 Largest school in the Bay of Plenty region
16 Orewa College Orewa, Auckland 1992 Largest Year 7–13 secondary school
17 Lynfield College Mount Roskill, Auckland 1939
18 Howick College Howick South, Auckland 1935
19 Manurewa High School Manurewa, Auckland 1927
20 James Hargest College Invercargill 1920 Largest school in the Southland region
21 Botany Downs Secondary College Botany Downs, Auckland 1864
22 Tauranga Boys' College Tauranga 1828
23 Cashmere High School Cashmere, Christchurch 1813
24 Long Bay College Torbay, Auckland 1802
25 Saint Kentigern College Pakuranga, Auckland 1785 Largest private school
26 Rangiora High School Rangiora 1769 Largest school in a minor urban area (1996 pop. 1k–10k)
27 Rosehill College Papakura, Auckland 1757
28 Palmerston North Boys' High School Palmerston North 1752 Largest school in the Manawatu-Wanganui region
29 Hillcrest High School Hamilton 1694
30 Hamilton Girls' High School Hamilton 1667
31 Takapuna Grammar School Takapuna, Auckland 1663
32= Hutt Valley High School Lower Hutt 1643 Largest school in the Wellington region
32= Pukekohe High School Pukekohe, Auckland 1643 Largest school in a secondary urban area (1996 pop. 10k–30k)
34 Wanganui High School Whanganui 1637
35 Wellington College Mount Victoria, Wellington 1628
36 Papatoetoe High School Papatoetoe, Auckland 1612
37 Fraser High School Hamilton 1566
38= Aorere College Papatoetoe, Auckland 1561
38= Western Heights High School Rotorua 1561
40 Papanui High School Papanui, Christchurch 1560
41 Bethlehem College Tauranga 1550 Largest state-integrated school, largest composite (Year 1–13) school
42 Lincoln High School Lincoln 1539
43 Waimea College Richmond 1529 Largest school in the Tasman region
44 Southern Cross Campus Mangere, Auckland 1513
45 Tawa College Tawa, Wellington 1504
46 Cambridge High School Cambridge 1498
47 Kristin School Albany, Auckland 1492
48 Kerikeri High School Kerikeri 1472 Largest school in the Northland Region
49 Tauranga Girls' College Tauranga 1464
50 Kapiti College Raumati, Kapiti Coast 1446
72 New Plymouth Girls' High School New Plymouth 1302 Largest school in the Taranaki region
78 Napier Boys' High School Napier 1246 Largest school in the Hawke's Bay region
87 Nelson College For Girls Nelson 1153 Largest school in the Nelson region
89 Tauranga Intermediate Tauranga 1151 Largest intermediate (Year 7–8) school
105 Taieri College Mosgiel, Dunedin 1012 Largest school in the Otago region
112 Marlborough Girls' College Blenheim 996 Largest school in the Marlborough region
130 Finlayson Park School Manurewa, Auckland 917 Largest primary school (Years 1–6)
142 Gisborne Boys' High School Gisborne 847 Largest school in the Gisborne region
165 Balmoral School Mount Eden, Auckland 794 Largest full primary (Year 1–8) school
208 Hauraki Plains College Ngatea, Waikato 701 Largest school in a rural area (1996 pop. <1k)
321 Greymouth High School Greymouth 570 Largest school in the West Coast region
341 Waiheke High School Surfdale, Waiheke Island 548 Largest school outside the North and South Islands

School by region[edit]

North Island[edit]

South Island and other islands[edit]

Former schools by region[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 1 April 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 3 April 2014.