NorthTec | Te Pūkenga Whangarei Campus

Type: Co-ed, Public
Location:  Whangarei
International: 200 students
Years: Tertiary

Pathway to NorthTec | Te Pūkenga after graduating from high school in Whangarei or Kerikeri and continue your study abroad journey in the same safe, friendly Northland region with our warm climate and beautiful outdoor environment.

NorthTec | Te Pūkenga, Northland’s largest tertiary education provider, offers more than 100 programmes. You can gain internationally-recognised qualifications ranging from foundation to degree level through a mix of classroom time, field trips and project-based learning. Work experience and supervised placements ensure that our students are well-placed to move into employment after completing their studies at NorthTec | Te Pūkenga.

NorthTec Programmes & Unique Features

Why Stay in Northland for Tertiary?

As a smaller city, Whangarei is compact enough to make it relatively easy to get around by walking or cycling. Apartments & homestays are walking distance to NorthTec | Te Pukenga & if you’re driving, you can park on campus for free. If your high school is in Whangarei, you might be able to stay on with the same family while at NorthTec | Te Pukenga. The cost of living in Whangarei is also much lower than in Auckland or other major cities.

Dedicated Support for International Students

As an international student, you’ll receive individualised support to help you as you transition to life and study at NorthTec|Te Pukenga in Whangārei. Our dedicated International Team on campus will guide you through your journey from first enquiry to enrolment to graduation.

Pathway Support for High School Students

While in year 12 or 13 at High school, you can visit  NorthTec | Te Pūkenga’s Whangarei Campus for an introduction and tour of the campus, some class work, lunch and a Q&A session with NorthTec |  Te Pūkenga students plus a hands-on activity in your chosen area of study.

International students enrolling in NorthTec | Te Pūkenga courses receive assistance with studying for IELTS tests if required and have opportunities to meet other international students already studying in the programme.

Featured Programmes


Registered nurses are on Immigration New Zealand’s skills shortage list. International student nursing graduates make up a large proportion of our nursing workforce and make an important contribution to the industry.

The Bachelor of Nursing degree level programme at NorthTec | Te Pukenga has an excellent reputation with lower course fees than large cities, a less stressful learning environment and ESOL teachers available for free to help with assignments. Graduates are in demand by the local hospitals and healthcare businesses.

“I work in the Surgical ward of Whangārei Hospital as a registered nurse. What I love most about being a nurse is the feeling of being able to help another human being in their time of need and meeting diverse types of people in terms of ethnicities as well as careers. Being able to enjoy what you do, increases your job satisfaction.”Irene, NorthTec | Te Pukenga, International Nursing Graduate

2022 Update: From 15 December 2022, registered nurses and midwives will move from the Work to Residence immigration tier to the Straight to Residence Green List tier. This change will include those who are already residing in New Zealand. More info…

Nursing Graduate - Irene


Are you passionate about food and want to work as a chef in the future? Learn to cook in the classic French style at NorthTec|Te Pukenga preparing you to work as a senior chef, producing advanced dishes in a professional kitchen anywhere in the world. Class sizes are small and there are lots of part-time jobs available at local restaurants while you are studying.

NorthTec|Te Pukenga’s hospitality training facilities are world class, with a working café, bar and restaurant, plus a fully outfitted barista training room. Our tutors are experienced, passionate and well connected to local industry, and our graduates are sought after by employers both locally and nationally. You’ll get the chance to gain great experience by catering at major events and fundraisers, often working alongside world-renowned chefs.

Cooking Student - Peter

Tutors are all supportive and friendly. It’s a really good course.  I have learned many new techniques.  The best is cooking seafood and trying wild game. I get great cookery experience working at a local restaurant while I am studying.“ – Peter, NorthTec | Te Pukenga International Cooking Student

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