International student life at HVHS

Message from the Principal;

We welcome international students to our school.   HVHS is a large co-educational school; close to Wellington the Capital City.  Each student is special to us and has the opportunity to mix easily with New Zealand students. International students arrive at Hutt Valley High School with various goals. Some students are here to gain academic qualifications to gain entrance to New Zealand or overseas Universities. Others are here for the experience of living in a new culture and gaining the confidence and self reliance that goes with this. Students are supported in reaching their goals by our comprehensive International programme and experienced staff.

Our school, founded in 1926, has a fine academic record and many famous and notable past students. Perhaps the most prestigious award has been the Nobel Prize won by former student, Alan McDiarmid. Our alumni include top university professors, successful business people, Olympic athletes and many others with success stories.and a Nobel Prize Winner.  We also achieve excellent results in musical, cultural and sporting activities.  We look forward to sharing our safe, quality environment with you.

SCHOOL: The school has park-like grounds, with extensive playing fields, trees, lawns and pleasant gardens.

HISTORIC PLACE: Hutt Valley High School is 5 minutes from historic Petone, one of the first European settlements in New Zealand.

CITY LIFE: Hutt Valley High School is 10 minutes from the vibrant downtown Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, and Close to Wellington city, “the coolest little capital in the world”.There is a regular bus and train service to the heart of the city.

RIVERS, BEACHES, HILLS, FARMS & MOUNTAINS: Students have the opportunity to experience the scenic beauty of New Zealand.  All students will be taken on trips to enjoy this aspect of New Zealand life.  For senior students (Year 12 & 13) there is a trip to the Outdoor Pursuit Center.

LOCAL FACILITIES: A large shopping mall in walking distance, many gyms, an Olympic sized swimming centre next to the school and many sports clubs in the district

Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand

Lower Hutt city
The city at night

International Department Tūhana Staff

Jodie Murden - Business Manager -

Anna Kingsford- International Accommodation Coordinator -

English Language classes

There are a range of different English classes at HVHS you can take to help you improve your English.  

Depending on your level you can take one, two or three English classes. In your English language class you will improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing in English.  You will also learn about New Zealand history, culture and society and go on some fun trips exploring the local area.

If you are doing an NCEA programme we have classes that give you credits for your NCEA certificate. These classes help you reach the level required for literacy (reading and writing) at level 1, 2 and 3. These credits are also what you need to get into a New Zealand university.  In our NCEA English language classes you can also get help with the work for your other subjects. We support your English learning across all your subjects.

Outdoor Education 

Tongariro National Park

Hutt Valley High School offers an exciting Outdoor education course. The course is selected as a subject on the timetable. Students are involved in several overnight expeditions based around mountain biking on trails and camping.  Students will train for and participate in a triathlon. Additional to this students can participate in a week at an outdoor experience camp and a ski trip in the Central North Island. We offer an extensive End of Year activity programme (this runs until Dec 3) which includes Learn to Surf, Island trips, kayaking, fishing and beach activities, visit to a farm, make your own pizza in pizza oven, make a video, Māori culture day and New Zealand Cooking day.