Medical and Travel Insurance
Under the rules of the Code of Conduct of Pastoral Care, all international students must take out medical and travel insurance for the time they spend in New Zealand. This is because medical costs in New Zealand are very high and Wainuiomata High School does not cover students individually.
Medical and travel insurance covers the cost of staying in hospital, visits to the doctor, urgent medical treatment and medicine, and sometimes emergency dental treatment. For treatment of a cold, flu or other common health problems, you will usually visit the local doctor (sometimes called a General Practitioner or GP) or the Health Clinic provided at school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If you need assistance after hours, you can visit a local emergency clinic or hospital.
Average medical insurance costs NZ$490 for 12 months. You should also arrange travel insurance. The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for everybody in New Zealand, including visitors, but you may still be liable for some medical and other costs.
Arriving in New Zealand
Booking a Flight
New Zealand has international airports at Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Most of the world's major airlines can fly you into New Zealand. You can travel to New Zealand from every major city in the world in 36 hours or less, often with a choice of airlines and with no more than one stopover. Most flights arrive in Auckland or Christchurch (only flights from Australia come direct to Wellington), and you will need to transfer to an internal flight to get to Wellington. It is advisable to make your travel arrangements early as flights often get booked quickly.
Please check to see if Departure Tax of NZ$25 is included in your ticket. If it is not, you may need to pay this at Wellington Airport when you leave.
For students who have already been accepted and received their Offer of Place, please urgently forward the following flight information for our records:
Date of arrival in Wellington
Flight arrival time in Wellington
To give yourself an overview of our school and community, our Orientation Handbook will be given to you once you arrive at Wainuiomata High School. It will also be available on this site soon.
You will need to set up a New Zealand bank account when you arrive in the country. To make your transition a little easier, you could organise this before you arrive. Click here for more information.
Thank you and we look forward to meeting you soon.
If there is a subject you would like to study but is not listed in our Senior Course Handbook, please contact us, as international students often study additional subjects through The Correspondence School.