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Waihopai School offers a well resourced primary school based in Invercargill’s beautiful Queens Park.  We cater for children from 5 to 12 years.

The school boasts large grounds that neighbour an 18 hole golf course Queens Park and Southland Boys High School.

We offer homestay accommodation and a limited number of hostel accomodation.

Our school hosts a Special Needs facility where International students with physical and learning disabilities are able to enrol with the support of an accompanying parent or caregiver.

We link with all Invercargill High Schools for a smooth transition from Waihopai School to their chosen high school.

We boast individual one to one programmes to support your child’s development of their oral and written English language with our ESOL tutor.

Waihopai School offers a unique primary school opportunity in a superb setting with individual attention focused on your child.


Contact Name:                     Allan Mitchell, Principal                      

Full School Address:            121 Herbert Street

                                            New Zealand                

Post Code:                            9810                                

Phone Number:                    64 3 2184228            

Email:                                  principal@waihopai.school.nz               

Website:                              www.waihopai.school.nz                              


Total Number of Students:   370       

Age Range:                           5 – 12 years                

Year Level Tuition:               Year 1 to Year 6                      

Number of International Students:       Twelve
International Students Countries of Origin:  Thailand, Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam, Russia, Brasil.

Accommodation options:        Homestay– Short term (up to 10 weeks)                         


School Facilities:                   Large Grounds and playing fields

                                                            Technology saturated school

                                                            Student operated TV Station

                                                            Hydotherapy Swimming Pool

                                                            Large Hall / Multi-Purpose Facility


Special Activities:                 Many sporting opportunities

                                                           Cultural opportunities

                                                           Swimming programme

                                                           Skiing and outdoor pursuits in the school programme

Distinctive Characteristics/Points of Difference:

                                            Traditional school established in 1879

                                            Safe inclusive environment

                                            Adjacent Golf Course to the school

                                            Situated in a 9Ha Park

                                                           Neighbouring Southland Boys High  School

                                                           Hosts a special needs disability school

Translations...       Thailand

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