Study in Lower Hutt

Lower Hutt is 15 minutes from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, in a river valley surrounded by bush and hills. We like living here because it’s easy to get around and we pride ourselves on being relaxed and welcoming.

Living here

Lower Hutt is a diverse community and the home of choice for families and innovative enterprise. Cycle to school, and relax on the beach in the weekends. We like living here because of the:

  • Great public transport and ease of getting around
  • Affordable housing and living costs
  • Five regional parks close by for walking, tramping and biking
  • Best beaches in the region
  • Great mix of relaxed living while being close to New Zealand's capital city

You can enjoy the feel of a smaller city and neighbourhoods where most people know each other and be minutes from the capital city of New Zealand. Regular train and bus services connect Lower Hutt to Wellington, allowing easy access to museums, art galleries, theatres, major sports games, events and tertiary institutions.

All our schools offer pathways to local universities and tertiary providers – ultimately creating the future innovators in our city with an increasing reputation for science, research, technology and innovation.

Home-stay families often have long term connections with the school – with students currently attending, or recently finished at each school. New Zealand homes are generally large and spacious with outdoor areas and pets.

The weather is generally warmer and less windy than in Wellington city with plenty of time after school for sports and adventures with friends. We’ve got many dozens of tracks and trails through fantastic native bush areas, kilometres of coastline around Wellington Harbour and along the Hutt River.


Student wellbeing is important

All of the schools that accept international students have a Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (PDF, 512kb). This is a quality assurance standard administered by the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

These schools take this seriously and are committed to providing the best quality care. Long before students step off the plane, our schools are there helping with learning assistance, affordable accommodation, and ongoing care and support.


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Lower Hutt has over 50 schools - these schools have international student programmes that we recommend.


St Bernard's College

St. Bernards College

An integrated Catholic secondary school for boys from Year 7–13. Its priority is to create a school which challenges each student to reach their full potential spiritually, academically and socially.  A culturally diverse school that welcomes international students from around the globe.

Chilton St James School 

Chilton St James

Be assured of the highest quality education in a prestigious traditional, independent all girls’ school.  Students enjoy a wide range of extracurricular sport, music and dance options and a place in one of New Zealand’s top performing schools.

 Hutt Valley High School

Hutt Valley High School

Is the largest school in Wellington. It' s a co-educational secondary school providing a high quality education for all students within a safe and stimulating environment. Offers a wide range of subject options; six languages are taught. Strengths in music, performing arts, technology and full sports programme available with competition at elite national level.  Nobel Prize Winner Alan MacDiarmid attended Hutt Valley High School.

 Sacred Heart College

Sacred Heart College

A Catholic girls’ college in central Lower Hutt, providing secondary education from Years 9 to Year 13. It is a college where excellence is pursued and celebrated within a caring and Christian atmosphere with a strong emphasis on music, drama and public speaking.

Wainuiomata High School 

Wainuiomata High School

A multicultural, co-educational, state secondary school. It provides a dynamic and engaging school community in which students feel challenged, valued and supported. Extremely well supported as an International Student with safe, warm, large, roomy and comfortable homestays.


Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec)

Practical programmes designed with industry to learn theory and practical skills. Leading in Hospitality, Creative Technologies, Engineering, IT and Health programmes with small class sizes.