International Students

Hugo being welcomed by host parents Sisa and Mark and host siblings Jabu and Musa at Whakatane Airport.

Whakatane High School welcomes students from other countries.  Until 2009 our school accepted a limited number of students on exchange.  The outstanding success of visits by students from Sweden, Finland, Germany, USA, Australia, Italy, Argentina and Peru has persuaded us to widen this opportunity to others.

We currently have 30 International students here from Germany, Austria, Italy, Finland, Norway, Slovakia, Japan & Chile.

We have no more space available for January 2020

Currently for July 2020 there are very limited spaces available 

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Host Families

Are you interested in becoming a host family for Whakatane High School?

Hosting an international student can be a very enriching experience for all involved. In January we have students arriving at our school from America, Germany, Austria and Italy. Students stay anywhere from 2 term to a year so there are opportunities for short-term and long-term homestays.

We have numerous families that offer fantastic environments and support to our students, but we are looking for more.

An allowance is paid to approved police vetted families once a student is placed.

If you are interested in finding out more about hosting for WHS, please email

Nicolas with host mother Liz and host sisters Payton and Ellie at Ohope Beach.








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Term dates

2019 Term dates

Term 1 - Wednesday 30 January - Friday 12 April
Term 2 - Monday 29 April - Friday 05 July
Term 3 - Monday 22 July - Friday 27 September
Term 4 - Monday 14 October - Tuesday 10 December