NorthTec Programmes & Unique Features
Why Choose Whangarei?
Whangarei is only a 2-hour drive from Auckland with a regular bus service providing a safe and cost-effective link between the two cities.
A good variety of different accommodation types is available to international students in Whangarei ranging from hostels and rental flats to homestays with local families – an excellent way to improve your English and experience the New Zealand way of life.
The cost of living in Whangarei is much lower than in Auckland or other major cities. View sample costs of living in Whangarei.
As a smaller city, Whangarei is compact enough to make it relatively easy to get around by walking, cycling or using a local bus service. There is also considerably less traffic on the roads here than in Auckland.
The warm Northland climate means lower heating costs over the winter, while it’s also ideal for many outdoor activities throughout the year.
Northland is one of the top holiday destinations in New Zealand because of its warm climate and natural beauty.
Whangarei has a vibrant city life with a good variety of retail outlets, restaurants, bars and night clubs, as well as an active international community from Europe, the US and Canada, Asia and the Middle East.
Living with a local homestay family is the best way to discover Whangarei, experience the Kiwi way of life and to practice English on a daily basis.
NorthTec International recommends that all international students new to New Zealand or still studying English live in a homestay for the first few months regardless of age.
NorthTec works with a wide range of fully vetted and checked local hosts to match students to a suitable homestay.
In a homestay you’ll have your own private fully-furnished bedroom and all meals provided in a warm, supportive environment so you can focus on your studies. When choosing homestay accommodation, you can also expect the following facilities:
More information about homestays…