Further information to help you with living and studying in NZ:

International Students Safety

The New Zealand Government has special legislation to ensure the highest possible care and safety of International Students and their families during their time of enrolment at a New Zealand School.

Halswell School is a signatory to the Code and has extensive knowledge and experience of the compliance regulations.

The New Zealand Government Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 is available here in a range of languages.


All International students must appropriate insurance before enrolment commences.

The cover must include unlimited medical care as well as expatriation and repatriation.

You are able to do this on line.

Unicare www.uni-care.org
OrbitProtect www.orbitprotect.com
Southern Cross www.scti.co.nz
Studentsafe www.insurancesafenz.com

Recruitment and Assistance

We welcome working with excellent trusted professional partners.

New Zealand is a signatory to the London Statement of Principles. These promote best practice among education agents and consultant professionals supporting International students. They are required to follow these ethical principles at all times. This includes a current contract with our school.

We are not allowed to assist with immigration advice.

We are happy to recommend either off shore or onshore people to you if you need assistance with immigration and enrolment compliance.

Studying and Living in New Zealand

We have open hearts, open minds and open spaces where children can play, learn and be happy. New Zealand offers a world class education and is one of the best places to live and learn in the world. Discover more about our high ranking education system and incredible lifestyle.

NZ Culture

Coming to New Zealand

If you wish to enrol at Halswell School please contact us and we will advise you is a place is available and the next steps to take. If your application is accepted it is very important to plan ahead to make sure your arrival is compliant with New Zealand Immigration. A student may enrol for up to 3 months on a visitor visa but will then require a student visa. New Zealand Immigration has helpful guidance about visa applications and getting ready to enter the country. International visitors must also be fully aware of our health system and entitlements.

Plan your move to NZ www.nzready.immigration.govt.nz
Driving in New Zealand (Multilingual) www.nzta.govt.nz

Welcome to Christchurch

Christchurch is the largest city in the beautiful South Island. It is bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean with flat plains that lead to the Southern Alps. It is an exciting and inspiring place to be with many new opportunities for everyone. Alongside world class educational facilities it offers an exceptional life style.

Christchurch International Student APP

A Story for Christchurch

Christchurch Weather

Activities for Children

The Top 10 Things To Do and See in Christchurch, New Zealand


The Halswell Community

Halswell is a great place to be. The location is beautiful and close to the central city and the airport. Buses are frequent and accessible. There is a unique vibrant community with a strong sense of belonging and safety. The retail area is growing and interesting with: cafes, hotel accommodation, an excellent supermarket, food outlets, pharmacy and a medical and dental centre, There are many clubs, sports, a domain, model trains, play grounds, Sister city gardens in the huge Quarry Park, churches, youth groups, a regular market, a swimming pool and a stunning new library with many community resources.

Community Opportunities and Information cab.org.nz
Halswell Health halswellhealth.co.nz
Halswell Trains facebook.com/halswelltrains
Halswell Community Market facebook.com/halswellmarket
Walkng in Halswell ccc.govt.nz/rec-and-sport/walks/join-a-walking-group/walk-n-talk/halswell
Te Hāpua Halswell Centre ccc.govt.nz/culture-and-community/venues-for-hire/te-hapuahalswell-centre
Halswell Quarry Park ccc.govt.nz/parks-and-gardens/explore-parks/port-hills/halswell-quarry


Halwell School may be able to provide homestays to students in approved Halswell School family homes by arrangement only. We are unable to provide accommodation for adults.

Holiday Houses in Halswell www.holidayhouses.co.nz
Craythornes Hotel www.craythornes.co.nz
Christchurch City properties for rent on Trade Me Property www.trademe.co.nz
Airbnb www.airbnb.co.nz
Christchurch Homestays www.christchurchhomestay.org

Educational Pathways

Halswell School students move on to a range of secondary schools according to their preferences. We are able to offer pathway visa applications. Many of our international parents are taking the opportunity to improve their own English and also to gain new qualifications.

Secondary Schools
Lincoln High School www.lincoln.school.nz
Riccarton High School www.riccarton.school.nz
Cashmere High School www.cashmere.school.nz
Hillmorton High School www.hillmorton.school.nz
Christchurch Girls High School www.cghs.school.nz
Christchurch Boys High School www.cbhs.school.nz
Hagley School www.hagley.school.nz

English for Adults
Ara www.ara.ac.nz
Peeto www.peeto.ac.nz
Alpha www.aei.ac.nz
Hagley www.hagley.school.nz

Home Language Support
Rewi Alley Chinese School rewialley.school.nz
NZ China Friendship Society Inc nzchinasociety.org.nz
Christchurch Korean School homepy.korean.net/~nzckschool
Korean Society of Christchurch korean.org.nz

Other Options
Canterbury University International www.canterbury.ac.nz/international
Lincoln University International www.lincoln.ac.nz/international
Ara International www.ara.ac.nz/explore-ara/international