Studying here

Escape the ordinary and come live and learn on the West Coast.

Study on the West Coast

Study on the West Coast and experience the relaxed lifestyle we’re known for. Enjoy the balance of study and nature. You won’t find a better location to prepare for a better career than right here on the South Island’s spectacular West Coast – surrounded by mountains, rivers, lakes and the ocean.


Tai Poutini Polytechnic

Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP), based on the West Coast, offers students exciting opportunities to get ahead start in their career or take the next step on their learning journey.

TPP offers a wide range of programmes from foundation to degree programmes to help you gain valuable skills to get ahead of the rest.

West Coast Trades Academy

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The West Coast Trades Academy is a new, exciting and very different training option for high school students on the West Coast, whether you are interested in hospitality or early childhood education, through to engineering and construction.

Students can now work towards a National Certificate in Trade, while staying at school completing their National Certificate in Education Achievement (NCEA).

The West Coast Trades Academy (WCTA) is a partnership between all of the West Coast high schools and area schools and tertiary institutions. Greymouth High School coordinates the Academy, and Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP), Whenua Iti Outdoors (WIO), Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) and Papa Taiao Earthcare are the Tertiary Partners for WCTA.

Trades academies are part of the Government’s youth initiatives. They focus on providing more choices for young New Zealanders and giving them greater opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and talents through trades and technology programmes that are jointly provided by schools and tertiary education organisations.

Schooling on the West Coast

Educational options on the West Coast include modern Early Childhood Education facilities and a good selection of primary and secondary schools. West Coast schools have smaller class sizes, modern facilities and access to an incredible outdoor adventure playground.

Early childhood education centres

West Coast schools

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Westland High School

International Students Programme

Westland High School is situated in the cool little town of Hokitika, a fantastic destination for your study abroad experience!

Westland High School offers a unique "Kiwi Experience" at a campus located next door to lakes, beaches, forests and mountains. Our sought after Outdoor Education programme is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in nature and the outdoors. We hope to see you soon!