Homestay at Wainuiomata High School

Hello, Kia Ora, Konnichi wa, Bonjour, Namaste, Ciao, Ola, Tja, Guten Tag, Ni Hao.

Welcome to the International Department at Wainuiomata High School.

Wainuiomata is a community of almost 17,000 people. We are surrounded by nature with many bush walks where you will see many of our native birds. There is also a beautiful river where you can swim or fish for trout.


International students enrolled at our schools must live with their parent, a school approved homestay or a designated caregiver (an adult chosen by the student’s parents). Homestay accommodation is the best way to develop English language while studying in New Zealand. All our homestay families live in Wainuiomata. Our homestay families are varied, some have children, some have grown children who have left home and some will be a mother or father on their own. Not all children of the home stay family attend Wainuiomata High School. Some children may be at the Primary or Intermediate School.

We provide homestays for short tour groups of 1 to 8 weeks and for long term students who study here for 1 term to 3 years. Some International students choose to stay in New Zealand to study at one of our many Universities once they have completed their secondary schooling.

Our homestay families are carefully selected and our expectations are:

  • The student will have their own bedroom which will be warm and comfortable.
  • The bedroom will be furnished.  
  • The student will become a part of the homestay family’s life.
  • The student will be within walking distance to the High School or to a bus stop where they can catch the school bus.
  • The student will be provided with three meals per day.
  • The student will have their laundry done for them.
  • The student will receive the support and guidance of the host parents


Wainuiomata High School considers the pastoral care of our International students of the utmost importance. We look after the welfare of our International students both at home and school.

Our Homestay Coordinator has regular contact with the homestay family and the student.


Click here to view a video of a homestay from one of our International Students, Kittaya.