Woodford house



International Education

Choosing the best school in New Zealand for your daughter is an important decision for your family. Since 1894, Woodford House has provided an outstanding education and excellent New Zealand boarding school experience for young women across the globe. Each year Woodford House welcomes international students into our global village. Students join the Woodford House family from Germany, French Polynesia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, and Thailand, and contribute to our success story every year.

Our teachers are dedicated to helping students gain an understanding of the world around them, acquiring knowledge and developing skills for succeeding in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.

Cultural Diversity

Our International Department makes sure girls feel welcome and happy from the moment they contact Woodford House. We have a comprehensive orientation programme and strong ongoing pastoral care that helps girls integrate smoothly into their new school. Girls are continually encouraged to make the most of their experience in New Zealand, academically and culturally. Woodford House celebrates cultural diversity and offers the Prospectus’ Introduction in several languages.

Woodford House is a proud member of  ISANA NZ and Study in New Zealand.


Enrolment and Entry Criteria

Woodford House welcomes international students into Year 7 – Year 11, with few exceptions into Year 12. There are three intakes in our Junior School (Year 7 – Year 10) each year in January, April, and July; two in Year 11 in January and April, and one intake in January for Year 12.

Students need to apply online and submit their completed application at least two months before entry, allowing sufficient time for application process, an interview, and visa application from their home country.

Living in Hawke’s Bay

The 18 hectare park-like campus of Woodford House is located in Havelock North, in Hawke’s Bay, a beautiful region known as the fruit bowl of New Zealand due to its abundance of fresh produce.

Havelock North was founded in 1860 and it is the gateway to many attractions including Te Mata Peak, Ocean Beach, the Tuki Tuki river, Cape Kidnappers, Arataki Honey, and Te Mata Figs.

The sunny region of Hawke’s Bay includes Napier, Hastings, Havelock North, Central Hawke’s Bay, and Wairoa. It is located on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island and is easily accessible with daily flights operated by Air New Zealand and Jetstar. It is an hour’s flight, or six hour drive, from Auckland in the north and an hour’s flight, or four hour drive, from Wellington in the south.

Hawke’s Bay is considered the world’s Art Deco Capital and it is home to the world’s largest mainland Gannet Colony, New Zealand’s oldest Farmers’ Market, more than 70 wineries, and extensive cycle trails. It has plenty to keep all ages and stages fully occupied.


Kiwi living

There are plenty of opportunities for international students to experience living with a New Zealand family while they study at Woodford House.

The school year is divided into four terms with a two-week holiday in between each term.  During the holidays, girls live with homestay families who have been carefully selected by the International Department.

Living in a family home provides international girls with an opportunity to explore different parts of New Zealand and authentic Kiwi living.


Are you an agent interested in representing Woodford House?

Woodford House places utmost importance on the role of international students and global education. We truly value our agent partners who help us to recruit our high calibre students who contribute to the global community of Woodford House. We proactively seek ways to support the work of our agents by providing them with effective marketing collateral, regular updates and agent training. In addition to our generous commission, we also attend events organised by our agents as well as providing opportunities for family trips to New Zealand. Our Global Education department is organised and structured to provide a highly efficient and quality service to you. Our team members are eager to answer questions, provide solutions, and satisfy whatever need is requested.

We are seeking reliable agents from around the world who will represent Woodford House in accordance with the highest service quality. In order to understand how we can best work together, we kindly ask you to download the International Agent Application Form below and email your completed form to: international@woodford.school.nz