International Students

International Students

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:

Jane Bell, Acting Principal

Full School Address:

121 Herbert Street Gladstone Invercargill New Zealand

Post Code: 9810

Phone Number: +64 3 2184228



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

Neighbouring Southland Boys High School

Hosts a special needs disability school