Introducing Motueka High School (see links to videos and photos below)

Nau Mai, Haere Mai. Greetings and welcome to Motueka High School

With approximately 700 students from a diverse range of nationalities and backgrounds, Motueka High School is a true community school that offers quality educational opportunities. Our students’ enjoy academic success through a varied and balanced curriculum, and excel across a broad range from outdoor education, sports, arts and cultural to student leadership areas.

​​​​​​​A Special Place

At Motueka High School there is a strong sense of community and school pride.  The genuine sense of care and empathy shown for others is a reflection of the community’s rural roots and ensures a safe, supportive learning environment for our students.

Our school boasts a high number of notable academic successes every year, celebrated regularly within the school.   Academic, sporting, cultural, musical and community achievements are publicised and actively supported by the community with local businesses and individuals sponsoring generous contributions at prize-giving.

World-Class Outdoor Education programme We are very proud of all of the curriculum areas that are offered to students at Motueka High School.  Our world-class Outdoor Education Programme, being on the doorstep of three National Parks and access to coastal, alpine and cave environments, means our programme is unique and sought after by both domestic and International students. All of our Outdoor Education Instructors are nationally qualified specialists and our Outdoors Mark certification means that our programme meets the very highest safety standards.

We are fortunate at our school to attract dedicated and skilled teachers, several of whom have been formally recognized with National Excellence in Teaching Awards. Motueka High School has more NEiTA Foundation National Excellence in Teaching Awards than any other state secondary school in the country. This is a real achievement.

Motueka High School is proud to have International Students studying with us from all around the globe. We typically have approximately 30-40 International Students on our role at any one time.

Prime Location This is a brilliant place to spend a year abroad. We are situated in the middle of some of the most beautiful National Parks in the country. Our Outdoor Education programme is world-renowned and heaps of fun. In addition, our High-Performance Athletics Academy is achieving National and International acclaim and our school is well-known for our strong Music, Dance and Performance Arts programmes.

Come and experience a summer Christmas - you can in New Zealand! It’s a whole new experience spending Christmas at the beach and having a BBQ lunch.

Motueka High School is a signatory to the NZ Ministry of Education Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

We look forward to welcoming you into our school. Please take the time to browse through the links below to discover more about Motueka High School.

Kia Kaha, Kia Uu.

John Prestidge


International Staff

Homestay Manager: Fiona Bryan   phone 021 147 4639

International Director: Naomi Uren

​​​​​​​Left: Horse trekking August 2022