Welcome to our school, the perfect choice for students who want the best of everything, a friendly multicultural school with great teachers and modern facilities. Located close to the airport, beaches and opposite a major shopping mall.

We have a team, which is dedicated to the care and support of every international student who chooses to make their home with us for a few months or longer.

What makes our college special


Our college is built around a Whānau (pronounced far-no), or House system. It means that every Botany student will belong to one of our six houses. Each house has around three hundred students and is designed to make you feel like you are a part of a small school within the larger school. Each Whānau has students from Year 9 through to Year 13 and over the duration of your stay, your Whānau should start to feel like an extended family of teachers and students. This is where you will have a locker, kitchen facilities for making your lunch, computers, photocopying facilities and somewhere to relax and socialise with other international and New Zealand students.

Using technology

We are a Microsoft Pathfinder school, and a Microsoft Mentor school. We have Wi-fi inside and outside the school so that you can access the internet, and intranet using our high-speed fibre optic broadband. All students need to bring a laptop with them when they come to study here so that you can access the learning resources that teachers provide.

Sporting, arts and cultural activities

At Botany Downs, we believe that being active, being involved, and being challenged is an intrinsic part of being a “kiwi kid”. Learning doesn’t just happen inside the classroom so we really encourage students to take part in our huge Co-curricular program.

Perhaps the most important reason to choose us is that we care about every student who chooses to make their home with us and we work hard to make sure you get the best opportunities to achieve what you want from your stay in New Zealand.

Apply to Study

Fill in Enrolment Application form , learn how the application process works, and what you need to do before entering the country.


Fees & Policies

Information on school, accommodation, and additional fees as well as our policy documents.
International Fees and Dates 


Term Dates and Holidays

Our school year is divided into four terms. View current year, and our Term 1 start dates.



Experience the Kiwi way of life and develop English skills.



We offer a large selection of subjects to allow you to choose what’s best for your future.


Student Life

Don’t just let us tell you how wonderful NZ and our college is. Read our international student stories and view their trips.


Become a Host Family

Have you ever considered hosting an International Student from Europe, South America or Asia?


Contact our Team

View our location, or get in contact if you have any queries.

ERO Report

We were last visited by the Educational Review Office in August 2016. The next review is due in 2022.

Read the full report or visit www.ero.govt.nz

Students … are highly engaged in learning and value the rich opportunities they have to grow personally and academically. Leaders and teachers work in partnership with students to learn, think and inquire.

NCEA qualifications success in the college is sustained at very high levels because of the strength in the NZC focused school vision.

A peak body for schools supporting international students in the education sector

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