Whanganui Girls College

International Students


Welcome to Whanganui

Whanganui is a provincial city situated on the west coast of the lower North Island where the Whanganui River meets the Tasman Sea.  It is one of New Zealand’s oldest cities and its 42,000 residents enjoy a relaxed lifestyle in green surroundings, with a temperate climate and easy access to outdoor activities. The city is close to several beaches, has a number of sports facilities, parks and amenities focused on providing pastimes for the district’s teenagers. Most importantly, Whanganui is a safe community.

Whanganui is only a ninety-minute drive from the Mount Ruapehu ski-fields and New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, is also only a 2 1/2 hour drive away.  It is also only one hour by air from Auckland to Whanganui.  International students are welcomed at Whanganui Airport by Whanganui Girls’ College international staff, who will introduce them to their homestay family or hostel managers.  By prior arrangement, students can also be met at Auckland Airport and chaperoned to the domestic terminal to catch their connecting flight to Whanganui.

Check out the video below and visit the Whanganui and Partners education page for further information on our city.



New Zealand Educational Tours  offer chaperoned tours of the North and South Island during the school holiday periods for international students.  Visit their website for further information.  Staff in our international department can assist students in booking tours through this company.