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 October 2014 roll numbers.[1]

Rank Name Location Roll Notes
1 Rangitoto College Mairangi Bay, Auckland 3031 Largest school in New Zealand
2 Mount Albert Grammar School Mount Albert, Auckland 2722
3 Avondale College Avondale, Auckland 2603
4 Macleans College Bucklands Beach, Auckland 2574
5 Burnside High School Burnside, Christchurch 2551 Largest school in the South Island, largest school in the Canterbury region
6 Auckland Grammar School Epsom, Auckland 2550 Largest single-sex school (boys')
7 Westlake Boys' High School Takapuna, Auckland 2269
8 Hamilton Boys' High School Hamilton 2218 Largest school in the Waikato region
9 Epsom Girls' Grammar School Epsom, Auckland 2202 Largest single-sex girls' school
10 Westlake Girls' High School Takapuna, Auckland 2200
11 Mount Roskill Grammar School Mt Roskill, Auckland 2166
12 Pakuranga College Bucklands Beach, Auckland 2083
13 Massey High School Massey, Auckland 2021
14 Otumoetai College Tauranga 1981 Largest school in the Bay of Plenty region
15 Orewa College Orewa, Auckland 1930 Largest Year 7–13 secondary school
16 Lynfield College Mount Roskill, Auckland 1882
17 James Hargest College Invercargill 1872 Largest school in the Southland region
18 Howick College Howick South, Auckland 1867
19 Manurewa High School Manurewa, Auckland 1842
20 Botany Downs Secondary College Botany Downs, Auckland 1823
21 Saint Kentigern College Pakuranga, Auckland 1791 Largest private school
21 Hagley Community College Central City, Christchurch 1779
23 Long Bay College Torbay, Auckland 1768
24 Tauranga Boys' College Tauranga 1756
25 Palmerston North Boys' High School Palmerston North 1740 Largest school in the Manawatu-Wanganui region
26 Cashmere High School Cashmere, Christchurch 1734
27 Rangiora High School Rangiora 1673 Largest school in a secondary urban area (pop. 10k–30k)
28 Rosehill College Papakura, Auckland 1670
29 Hillcrest High School Hamilton 1670
30 Takapuna Grammar School Takapuna, Auckland 1634
31 Hutt Valley High School Lower Hutt 1597 Largest school in the Wellington region
32 Southern Cross Campus Mangere, Auckland 1588 Largest composite (Year 1–13) school
33 Wellington College Mount Victoria, Wellington 1584
34 Bethlehem College Tauranga 1581 Largest state-integrated school
35 Wanganui High School Whanganui 1576
36 Hamilton Girls' High School Hamilton 1568
37 Papatoetoe High School Papatoetoe, Auckland 1565
38 Pukekohe High School Pukekohe, Auckland 1554
39 Lincoln High School Lincoln 1527 Largest school in a minor urban area (pop. 1k–10k)
40 Kristin School Albany, Auckland 1513
41 Aorere College Papatoetoe, Auckland 1494
42 Papanui High School Papanui, Christchurch 1475
43 Western Heights High School Rotorua 1464
44 Tawa College Tawa, Wellington 1453
45 Waimea College Richmond 1453 Largest school in the Tasman region
46 Fraser High School Hamilton 1450
47 Kerikeri High School Kerikeri 1438 Largest school in the Northland Region
48 Cambridge High School Cambridge 1429
49 Tauranga Girls' College Tauranga 1400
50 St Cuthbert's College Epsom, Auckland 1398
New Plymouth Girls' High School New Plymouth 1257 Largest school in the Taranaki region
Napier Boys' High School Napier 1181 Largest school in the Hawke's Bay region
Tauranga Intermediate Tauranga 1163 Largest intermediate (Year 7–8) school
Nelson College For Girls Nelson 1119 Largest school in the Nelson region
Finlayson Park School Manurewa, Auckland 1014 Largest primary school (Years 1–6)
Taieri College Mosgiel, Dunedin 988 Largest school in the Otago region
Marlborough Girls' College Blenheim 973 Largest school in the Marlborough region
Balmoral School Mount Eden, Auckland 849 Largest full primary (Year 1–8) school
Gisborne Boys' High School Gisborne 783 Largest school in the Gisborne region
Greymouth High School Greymouth 534 Largest school in the West Coast region
Waiheke High School Surfdale, Waiheke Island 532 Largest school outside the North and South Islands
Onewhero Area School Onewhero, Waikato 519 Largest school in a rural area (pop. <1k)

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 5 November 2014". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2014-12-06.