Mercury Bay Area School

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Mercury Bay Area School is set in the unique and beautiful region of the Coromandel called Mercury Bay.

A unique feature of Mercury Bay Area School is that we are a composite (Area) school and can cater for the education of students aged from 5 to19 years on a single campus, so we have a family atmosphere.

We pride ourselves in being a strong community school, able to offer a wide range of academic and co-curricular subjects, set in the unique and beautiful region of the Coromandel called Mercury Bay.

We have a strong dedicated, professional teaching staff who deliver quality programmes for all ages, who enjoy academic success at all levels.

International Students are made welcome at our school and are provided with an effective and extensive pastoral system for their care and well-being. Accommodation is in carefully selected homestays. This enables students to experience New Zealand culture first hand with their caring host families.

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Our School Mission

To promote a supportive, co-operative, responsive and stimulating environment which promotes the development of academic, physical, cultural and personal skills to the full potential of the individuals concerned. Recognise the needs, rights, individuality and integrity of students and staff. Encourages all involved to work together to ensure that the educational experiences of our children are positive, relevant and enjoyable.


2010 Mercury Bay Area School students achieved academic results above the national average in all levels of the NCEA results. We tailor individual programmes taking in the interests and needs of the student.

Standard academic subjects are available such as mathematics, sciences, social sciences and arts.

Features and facilities
  • Our unique Marine Academy programme– based on the PADI underwater qualification programme, Marine Studies and Coastal Processes
  • Our superb Outdoor Education programme for our senior students
  • Our small class sizes
  • Our small community and safe reliable homestays
  • Superb education and qualification opportunities for students
  • The extra-ordinary natural environment around us
  • Fabulous modern learning environments including: New Technologies Block – Food (hospitality), Fabric, Metal (including engineering and auto engineering), Wood (including boat building)
  • Computer technologies (including robotics)
  • New Arts facilities – Visual Arts, Photography, Apple computers for Art Design and Media Studies and Graphics
  • Performing Arts – Dance Studio, Music (including recording studio), Drama and Performing Arts Technologies (lighting, sound)
  • Modern Science Facilities
  • Brand new gymnasium with climbing wall and activity space
  • Swimming pool
Extra-curricular activities

Students can and are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of sporting and cultural activities through the school and the local community.


Address: 20 South Highway, Whitianga 3510

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To enrol in this school, download the form below, complete and return to ISENZ.

Download ISENZ Enrolment Form (PDF)

Email a completed and scanned copy to

Or post a completed copy to:
Russell Trethewey
PO Box 5329, Terrace End
Palmerston North, New Zealand

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For more information about this school, please contact ISENZ.