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Schools in the Wider Canterbury Region

Christchurch is surrounded by small, friendly, countryside communities where you can enjoy a uniquely kiwi experience. See the list of schools in the wider Canterbury region below.

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Ashburton College

Ashburton College is situated in the bustling hub of Mid Canterbury, the heart of New Zealand’s beautiful South Island. The College has the advantage of being the “right size”, and in the “right place”. We have higher than the national average academic results, exceptional sporting successes and have outstanding performances in art, drama and music.
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Darfield High School

Darfield High School is large enough to offer a wide range of academic, cultural, and sporting opportunities but small enough to know our students well.
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Ellesmere College

A small, family-oriented school, international students have the opportunity to experience an authentic Kiwi lifestyle at Ellesmere College. Located in the friendly, rural town of Leeston, near to lively Christchurch, our beautiful surroundings offer international students the full-package from Mt Hutt ski fields to equestrian riding. Our strong academic record and extra-curricular opportunities ensure international students thrive in all areas.
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Geraldine High School

Geraldine High School is located in Geraldine, a beautiful town surrounded by rivers, mountains and farms, with plenty of shops to explore and a friendly and welcoming community. Geraldine High School is set on spacious grounds and offers a wide range of classes from sports and outdoor education to drama and music.
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Kaiapoi High School

Kaiapoi High School is a modern co-ed school located in Kaiapoi, twenty minutes drive from the city and Christchurch International Airport. Kaiapoi High School offers a wide range of subjects, sports and extra curricular activities. Set in rural North Canterbury and surrounded by beautiful views of farmland, it is a 1½-hour drive to the mountains and ski-fields. Nearby beaches and rivers allow easy access to all water sports and recreation.
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Lincoln High School

Lincoln High School is a decile 10 school offering a safe, caring and spacious learning environment with easy access to the attractions of Christchurch. Committed to a quality education, the school has a strong focus on academic achievement and success. Innovative programmes lead progressively to senior levels where students are prepared for entry to university. Our examination results are very high.
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Mount Hutt College

Mount Hutt College is located in Methven, a town within a beautiful rural area with a wide range of agricultural and tourism businesses and many outdoor recreation activities. Our smaller secondary school offers students individual attention and students are well known to all staff. International students have an individualised plan to achieve their personal and academic goals. The college promotes excellence in all aspects of student activity.
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Oxford Area School

Oxford Area School is a growing Year 1-13 school of approximately 520 students with less than 10 internationals. Our homestays are located in the village within walking distance of the school or on lifestyle or working farms located on the school bus route. Students who love fresh air, the outdoors and animals will love being here.
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Rangiora High School

Rangiora High School is a ‘city-style' in a safe rural environment. Established in 1884, the co-educational government school with 1,800 students has 130 years of excellence with both academic achievement and sporting success. It is set in extensive grounds, which cover 49 hectares of land with a school farm, equestrian academy and excellent modern classrooms and sporting facilities.
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Rangiora New Life School

Rangiora New Life School is the only Christian inter-denominational school in North Canterbury with a community of approximately 470 students aged 5-18 and 50 staff members. International students from a range of countries receive a warm welcome and a caring family atmosphere in which they can achieve excellent academic results and enjoy a wide variety of sports especially volleyball and basketball and cultural activities.
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