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 the November 2015 roll numbers.[1]

Rank Name Location Roll Notes
1 Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu central Wellington 4498 National correspondence school
2 Rangitoto College Mairangi Bay, Auckland 3059 Largest school in New Zealand
3 Mount Albert Grammar School Mount Albert, Auckland 2708
4 Avondale College Avondale, Auckland 2672
5 Burnside High School Burnside, Christchurch 2564 Largest school in the South Island, largest school in the Canterbury region
6 Macleans College Bucklands Beach, Auckland 2591
7 Auckland Grammar School Epsom, Auckland 2510 Largest single-sex school (boys')
8 Westlake Boys' High School Takapuna, Auckland 2276
9 Hamilton Boys' High School Hamilton 2234 Largest school in the Waikato region
10 Epsom Girls' Grammar School Epsom, Auckland 2205 Largest single-sex girls' school
11 Westlake Girls' High School Takapuna, Auckland 2176
12 Mount Roskill Grammar School Mt Roskill, Auckland 2122
13 Pakuranga College Bucklands Beach, Auckland 2115
14 Otumoetai College Tauranga 1946 Largest school in the Bay of Plenty region
15 Massey High School Massey, Auckland 1956
16 Howick College Howick South, Auckland 1892
17 Manurewa High School Manurewa, Auckland 1899
18 Hagley Community College Central City, Christchurch 1834
19 James Hargest College Invercargill 1874 Largest school in the Southland region
20 Orewa College Orewa, Auckland 1878 Largest Year 7–13 secondary school
21 Tauranga Boys' College Tauranga 1842
22 Lynfield College Mount Roskill, Auckland 1853
23 Saint Kentigern College Pakuranga, Auckland 1871 Largest private school
24 Botany Downs Secondary College Botany Downs, Auckland 1879
25 Cashmere High School Cashmere, Christchurch 1834
26 Hillcrest High School Hamilton 1785
27 Rangiora High School Rangiora 1736 Largest school in a secondary urban area (pop. 10k–30k)
28 Palmerston North Boys' High School Palmerston North 1744 Largest school in the Manawatu-Wanganui region
29 Rosehill College Papakura, Auckland 1721
30 Long Bay College Torbay, Auckland 1727
31 Westmount School Mangere, Auckland 1676 Multi-campus school
32 Takapuna Grammar School Takapuna, Auckland 1653
33 Wellington College Mount Victoria, Wellington 1667 Largest school in the Wellington region
34 Hamilton Girls' High School Hamilton 1638
35 Hutt Valley High School Lower Hutt 1606
36 Pukekohe High School Pukekohe, Auckland 1590
37 Lincoln High School Lincoln 1582 Largest school in a minor urban area (pop. 1k–10k)
38 Wanganui High School Whanganui 1556
39 Southern Cross Campus Mangere, Auckland 1626 Largest composite (Year 1–13) school
40 Papanui High School Papanui, Christchurch 1534
41 Bethlehem College Tauranga 1610 Largest state-integrated school
42 Papatoetoe High School Papatoetoe, Auckland 1512
43 Western Heights High School Rotorua 1501
44 Kerikeri High School Kerikeri 1501 Largest school in the Northland Region
45 Tawa College Tawa, Wellington 1473
46 Waimea College Richmond 1461 Largest school in the Tasman region
47 Cambridge High School Cambridge 1447
48 Aorere College Papatoetoe, Auckland 1467
49 Kristin School Albany, Auckland 1537
50 Fraser High School Hamilton 1443
New Plymouth Girls' High School New Plymouth 1283 Largest school in the Taranaki region
Napier Boys' High School Napier 1199 Largest school in the Hawke's Bay region
Nelson College for Girls Nelson 1123 Largest school in the Nelson region
Tauranga Intermediate Tauranga 1158 Largest intermediate (Year 7–8) school
King's High School Dunedin 1022 Largest school in the Otago region
Marlborough Girls' College Blenheim 976 Largest school in the Marlborough region
Finlayson Park School Manurewa, Auckland 1039 Largest primary school (Years 1–6)
Balmoral School Mount Eden, Auckland 905 Largest full primary (Year 1–8) school
Gisborne Boys' High School Gisborne 812 Largest school in the Gisborne region
Greymouth High School Greymouth 541 Largest school in the West Coast region
Waiheke High School Surfdale, Waiheke Island 519 Largest school outside the North and South Islands
Onewhero Area School Onewhero, Waikato 522 Largest school in a rural area (pop. <1k)

Schools 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 01 December 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-12-29.