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Virtual Meetings and Tours

After a successful trial we are offering students and families the opportunity to have hosted school tours with us! In essence, these are video calls via What’s app, Zoom, Skype etc. Students and their families have the chance to talk with International staff, get a tour of the school and (when available) have a chat with a current student from their country. Seeing the school facilities, classrooms and the students can be really interesting and parents have appreciated being able to talk with the people who will be responsible for their child.

Border changes

The New Zealand Government made an announcement on 24 November regarding the border settings for foreign nationals. While the announcement mentions that “all fully vaccinated individuals will be able to travel to NZ from 30 April 2022” it also goes on to say that this opening will be, “staged over time”. Details about what this means and how it might apply to your visit to New Zealand have not been released.

We are taking this as positive news however. We will continue our measured approach with off-shore student applications and will not release invoices until we know students can enter the country. We will provide updates when there is clarity about the staged opening, the immigration New Zealand response and how schools will manage the self-isolation requirements.

You can read the minister’s announcement in full here:

COVID-19 Situation

International students are a valued part of the Botany Downs Secondary College community. We want to ensure that students, agents and parents have ready access to the information they need.

NauMai NZ is Education New Zealand’s international student website and has official information for international students the site updated regularly but the latest official information and full details are available in multiple languages at


We are happy to accept expressions of interest and applications from overseas students. We will reserve a reserve a, “no obligation” place and when there is clarity around the border situation applications can be finalised.

International Travel

Students can depart New Zealand however, entry into New Zealand remains strictly controlled. We look forward to welcoming international students into New Zealand again, but we need to make sure we do so in a way that is safe for everyone.

Find out about international travel here.


In general, Immigration New Zealand are not processing any off-shore visa applications. There are some emerging exemptions to this but to date these have not applied to high-school students

Find out the latest general information about  Immigration here.

About us

We are located in Botany Downs — a beautiful suburb east of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.
  • Auckland has a low crime rate and students can walk around safely in the areas near our college.
  • We usually have 140 international students.
  • We have boys and girls, from 13 to 18 years old.
  • Students comes here from nineteen different countries!
  • We are in New Zealand’s sub-tropical North Island.
  • We are perfectly located 30 minutes from Auckland airport and 30 minutes from Auckland city.

The facts and figures

New Zealand is an amazing place.
  • We are the eight Happiest Country in the World
  • Auckland is the third Most Livable City in the World
  • And we have an excellent education system, ranked third among the “Big Five”

School organised trips

Whether you are here for a ten week experience overseas or hoping to graduate from BDSC and continue studying in New Zealand, your time with us takes advantage of everything the school and New Zealand has to offer. To help you, we arrange a series of trips during the school year to amazing parts of our country. 


Our trip to the Coromandel is a part of our amazing End-of-Year Program. For many of our students this trip is the absolute highlight of their time at our school.

Bay of Islands

On our Bay of Islands trip we go sand boarding, take a dolphin cruise and see the largest Kauri tree in the world. This amazing trip is a great way to showcase some of the things that make New Zealand special!


Rotorua is a great way to showcase the best of traditional Māori culture. Students get to learn the haka, eat a hangi, and enjoy the signature sights (and smells) of “Roto-Vegas”!

Get in contact with us if you would like some photos to showcase

Past students’ successes

Our past students not only succeed in traditional ways, they’re changing the world.

Dan Cullum and his friends are on a quest to travel the length of the second longest river in the USA on a boat made from recycled and reclaimed materials. Their goal is to produce a documentary. Its purpose is to follow the challenges of a journey on trash, to unearth the reason behind why the Mississippi River is one of the most polluted in the world, and to tell the story of how local communities along the river have been affected by its pollution and their efforts to clean and restore it.

Eighteen year old Aryaman Taore recently turned down a place at Harvard University to take full control of his personal delivery service business, LazyAz. Read more

Get in contact

Our administration hours are Monday to Friday, 8 am – 4 pm (New Zealand Standard Time).
We will endeavour to respond on the next college day should your enquiry be outside of these hours.

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