Otago Boys’ High School

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Otago Boys’ High School has an international reputation for academic excellence, sport and cultural activities.

Currently the school roll is 750 with approximately 35 international students. A total of 150 boys live at the nearby and very popular boarding hostel.

Established in 1863, Otago Boys’ High School is one of the oldest and most famous boys’ schools in New Zealand. It has a long tradition of educating boys to very high standards. It’s students, including international students, have graduated from Otago Boys’ and continued their respective studies at top universities around the world. They have chosen a range of career paths including: Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Law, International Business, Architecture, Computer Science and Engineering.

International students are able to study at all levels ( Years 9 – 13). The school has a policy of accepting students from a wide range of countries to ensure there is diversity which is a core strength of the school.

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Dunedin with a population of 120,000 is known as a student city where the main focus is on education. A large percentage of the population are students who provide the city with a dynamic and lively atmosphere.

Otago Boys’ High School is located close to the city centre and sits majestically on a hill overlooking the harbour and all the major facilities such as: cafes, libraries, restaurants, cinemas, shops and banks. The school is also very close to Otago Girls’ High School, Otago University and Otago Polytechnic.

School Opportunities

The school offers a wide range of academic and vocational courses. This ensures individual students can follow a learning pathway tailored to their own needs.

As well as this, students can choose from a large variety of different sports including: basketball, volleyball, badminton, football, tennis, hockey, rugby, rowing, futsal, sailing, surf life saving and athletics.

Otago Boys’ High School work in partnership with its sister school, Otago Girls’ High School, for many cultural activities. The choir, orchestra, jazz band, chamber music groups and musical productions are examples of this.

Outdoor Education is a subject that can be studied in the senior school. This is popular with boys who want to experience life outside of the classroom in scenic locations while challenging themselves to surf, swim, hike, mountain bike, kayak, ski, snowboard, snow cave, windsurf and learn to play ice hockey. The school has its own lodge in the Mt Aspiring National Park which is utilised often to give boys memorable outdoor experiences.


Both home stay and boarding accommodation are available. 150 boys currently live in the boarding hostel which is within easy walking distance from the school. The boarding hostel is open 7 days a week and during the term holidays the international students are able to continue living at the hostel. Quality care is guaranteed in both types of accommodation.

Student Story

Coming to New Zealand I wanted to focus on my favourite sport of golf, instead my focus shifted and I tried out other sports, which at home for me would not be possible or accessible. The school sport teams and the Outdoor Education course provided me with challenges and options I had never thought of doing before. Not only does Otago Boys High represent culture and tradition, but also striving for excellence and fun in sports. During my exchange year I was fortunate enough to participate in multiple camps using the outdoors and take part in water sports like rowing and sailing. The goal of an exchange year is to learn new skills and collect experiences and I found that Otago Boys provides a playground of opportunities waiting to be explored.
Tobias, Germany



Address: Otago Boys’ High School,2 Arthur Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
Website: http://www.obhs.school.nz/

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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 russell@isenz.com.

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

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