Green Bay High School

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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

(Aotearoa is the Māori name for New Zealand). Situated in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,000 kilometres south-east of Australia. New Zealand has a total land area of 269,680 square kilometres. The capital is Wellington and the largest city is Auckland. The population of New Zealand is about 5 million. New Zealand is an increasingly multicultural society.


We welcome international students from all over the world to Green Bay High School and value the diversity of ideas and culture they add to our school and community. The interaction they have with local students and host families helps break down stereotypes and encourages intercultural communication and understanding.

Green Bay High School has been serving its community for over 45 years. Over this time it has been a leader in educational innovation, nurtured an outstanding number of very successful graduates and placed a high value on developing independent, confident global citizens.


Located a 25 minute drive from downtown Auckland and on the edge of the Waitakere Ranges we have the best of both worlds. The community is art focused and nearby are art galleries, theatres, and dance schools easily accessed by students. There is a local market on weekends featuring local artisanal products. The shopping mall is about a 20 minute walk, or 5 minute bus ride, with trains to the city departing from there.


Students come to us for different lengths of time and with different purposes. Some are here for a short time, with the purpose to learn and grow through the experience of immersing themselves in another culture. Others are here for two or three years with the intention of gaining university entrance and then continue with tertiary education.

We make it a priority to get to know our students and we care about what each of them need in order to meet their goals and succeed. Students and parents alike comment that they are very happy with the personalized attention we give them to ensure they reach their academic and personal goals.

It is a privilege to share this journey with our students and celebrate with them as they reach their goals. The international team here is proud to be part of the students’ experiences in New Zealand and we work hard to make it the best it can be.

Living in New Zealand (Aotearoa)


Auckland has a population of about 1.5 million people and is a great study destination. The city is surrounded by two harbours and is called ‘The City of Sails’. There are museums, festivals, markets, lots of cafes, restaurants and shops. Central Auckland is easily accessible by train or bus from Green Bay.

About West Auckland

Our school is located in Green Bay, a suburb of West Auckland, approximately 17km west of Auckland City and 25 minutes’ drive from Auckland’s International Airport. Green Bay offers a safe, friendly environment for you to learn and experience New Zealand culture. Titirangi is our nearest village and is well known for its art gallery, theatre and monthly market. The Waitakere ranges are on our doorstep with plenty of opportunity for hiking and visiting the wild west coast beaches. There are also local tennis and squash courts and a golf course right next door to school.


The warmest months in Auckland are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. The weather can be changeable, therefore it is important to be prepared for whatever weather may come. Summer Average Temperature: Low: 12 C High: 24 C In summer a light jacket or sweater is useful if the weather turns cooler. It is also advisable to use sunblock and wear a hat during the summer months. Winter Average Temperature: Low 9C High: 15 C . Although this doesn’t sound that cold, many students feel the cold more here than in their home countries as not many homes here have central heating. In winter you will need warmer clothing. A small compact umbrella can easily be kept in a backpack so that you are prepared for our wetter months.


New Zealand has a very modern banking system and almost everybody has a bank account. It's the safest, most convenient way to manage money. Accessing your money - when you have opened your account you will be given an account number. With this account number you are able to make deposits (including international payments) and withdrawals immediately. You will also be sent in the mail an ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) card. ATMs, also known as cashpoint machines, money machines or 'holes in the wall', allow you to withdraw money 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are widely available throughout New Zealand.

Recreation & Shopping

Green Bay has a small collection of shops, including postal services, supermarket, bakery and pharmacy. Titirangi village is just up the hill with some lovely cafes and its own theatre and art gallery. Lynn Mall and St Lukes are 2 convenient shopping malls easily accessible by bus. Also located at these Malls are movie theatres. The cost of a movie ticket is NZ$12 - $17.00. A big-mac combo at McDonalds is $12.30. There are gyms close to Green Bay that students can join.


International students usually live within walking distance to school but sometimes come by bus. The school bus is $1 each way. The best way for you to travel independently around Auckland City is by train or bus. The bus or train fare to Auckland City from Green Bay is approximately $3.00 each way. You will be given a Student ID card which will allow train and bus travel at student prices and will also give cheaper entry into some places such as the movies. You must always travel in a car with an approved driver who has a full licence gained in New Zealand.

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Green Bay High School
143 - 161 Godley Road, Green Bay
Auckland 0643
New Zealand

Tel +64 9 817 8173
Absences Ext. 234 or press ‘1’ (one)
Email [email protected]

For contact details of individual staff, including Year level deans, please navigate to our staff directory

Kōtuitui Community

Green Bay High School is proudly part of the Kōtuitui community of learning, a learning network of 12 West Auckland schools. Learn more about the community on the Kotuitui website.
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