International students are coming back to Northland to study at high schools in Whangarei and Kerikeri from the beginning of 2023 and we are looking for homestay families for these amazing young people.


Short-term & Long-term Students

Depending on the country they are from, some students will stay for a couple of years while others will only stay for 1 year, 6 months or even 1 term. We also occasionally host large groups from a sister school – they tend to stay in Northland for between 2 and 3 weeks.

A Home Away from Home

It is a big decision for parents to send their children to the other side of the world and they want them to be safe and to have someone care for them like family while they are away. For the students, being a long way from home and speaking a different language to their own, can be a big transition and their homestay is their happy place.

Benefits for Kiwi Families

In addition to the weekly rent payment, there are huge benefits for local families in hosting an overseas student including:

  • Kiwi kids get to learn another language and culture
  • Students can catch buses to and from school
  • There are a number of school organised activities
  • A homestay group is setup for carpooling etc
  • A lifelong friendship
  • Somewhere to stay when you and your children go overseas


If you are interested in hosting a student, please email Jo at or contact any of the following schools directly.


Tauraroa Area School – Bren Rudolph, International Director
Whangarei Boys High School – Lyn Swan, International Director
Whangarei Girls High School – Toni Richardson, Homestay Manager
Huanui College – Nicole Trebilco, International Director
Kamo High School – Trish MacPherson


Kerikeri High School – Jessica Donovan, International Director
Springbank School – Jill Grimshaw, International Director

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