Howick College



Located in Cockle Bay to the East of NZ’s biggest city Auckland, Howick College is only a 30-minute drive from the centre of Auckland. It was founded in 1974 and is ranked in the top 10 schools in Auckland. There are 1,900 students in total ranging in age from 13 to 19. The district of Howick has its own beaches, parks, shopping centres and many other facilities. It offers the perfect environment with its convenient proximity to Auckland and its airport and tranquil surroundings for study.

Pastoral Care & Support


  • Schoology—online Learning Management System for both students & Parents
  • Learner Support—assist those with special learning needs, gifted & talented students
  • Language support—a team of expert teachers help international students


  • Parent Portal—MUSAC software where parents can view their child’s information online, e.g. reports, attendance, timetable etc.
  • Personal counseling service

Academic Success

  • No. 1 for the strength of arts and culture and No.3 for equipping students with job skills within 89 schools surveyed in NZ.
  • In 2006, one of students was top in NZ in the Australasia Schools Science Competition.
  • A year 10 team was top in the Asia Wise “Know your Neighbours Competition”.
  • Winners of the Premiere Year 13 “Howick College Award” for all round excellence in academic achievement, cultural activities, community service, sporting pursuits and leadership.

Fees & Timetable

Tuition Fee:
Full yearNZD14,000
6 monthNZD7,000
Admin feeNZD500
Homestay placement feeNZD500
NCEA fee (Year 11-13)NZD383.30
Insurance / year (EST)NZD557.60

12 Feb 201615 Apr 2016
22 May 20168 Jul 2016
325 Jul 201623 Sep 2016
410 Oct 201616 Dec 2016

Student Success Stories

  • Hunter Edwards won gold for the U18 Individual Pattern at the Junior World Taekwon-do ITF Championships in May 2015 in Italy.
  • Howick College entered a team into the National Archery Schools Championships and Yoiu Lee placed 3rd in the junior Girls division.
  • Howick College students won many awards in the recent NIWA Manukau Science Fair, including three top placings.

Academic Pathways

In Year 9 & 10

  • Divided into classes according to their ability.
  • Core subjects: English, mathematics, science and social studies.
  • Optional quarterly or half-yearly courses, including arts, languages and technology, as well as health and physical education.

In Year 11 – 13

  • Concentrate on 5/6 subjects leading to NCEA
  • Very good students in Year 13 are supported to some subjects to Scholarship levels.
  • One of the leading schools in NZ in terms of offering courses and opportunities to industrial careers.

Lifestyle Balance

Howick College provides students with an Education that balances academic, cultural, physical and personal needs. The college offers a range of organized activities aimed at achieving a balanced lifestyle. The college has earned a reputation for the artistic and technical sophistication of the school productions. Students can also get involved in service activities through librarianship, student tutoring, the student support committee and the Asian council.

  • Good reputation for the artistic and technical sophistication of school productions
  • Dance & drama play an important part in school life
  • 42 different sports
  • The first in NZ to gain the Hillary Commission Sportsmark award for the quality of sports programme.
  • Won the Auckland-wide Fairplay Award several times.
  • Savannah was selected for a World Vision Senior Scholarship programme for her contribution & leadership on the 40 Hour Famine Committee.

  • Briana gained 2 NCEA Scholarships & was selected to take part in the Harvard/Yale Model United Nations conference.
  • Tabby gained the highest mark in NZ in the 2014 ICAS Writing exam.
  • Leighton won the 2013 Auckland Showdown award for Best Male Lead in a school production and won a role in Auckland Theatre company production.
  • Hyacinth Huang (2012) has been awarded an Excellence Scholarship to Victoria University.

Application Forms

Student Testimonials

  • Manoela – Brazil

    “When I arrived, I thought it would be difficult to make friends, but the school made everything easy. We made good friends when we met the new Internationals and out buddies.”

  • Emanuele – Italy

    “My homestay was awesome, I was so lucky to get them. I never had any problems. They took me around a lot of places and helped me when I needed it. I think I will be friends with them for the rest of my life.”

ERO Report

The Education Review Office reported recently:

“International students have access to very good quality learning experiences, enjoy participation in co-curricular activities and are well supported by high quality pastoral care systems.”

This is a report done by the Ministry of Education to the quality of schools across New Zealand.

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