Kia Ora Welcome!

New Zealand is a country that we are proud to live in and we welcome global friends to come and learn together and be friends with us. New Zealand is unique in many ways and help is here to assist you on a wonderful journey.

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.

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.

For independent family arrival and support please contact Robyn Willis at Help is @ Hand

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.

NauMai NZ
NauMai NZ offers help to international students studying or about to study in New Zealand. It’s your place for information on life as a student in New Zealand.

Christchurch Welcomes You!

Ōtautahi Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s premier education hubs. The city is a lifestyle destination home to two world-class universities, the South Island’s …

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
Riccarton High School
Cashmere High School
Hillmorton High School
Christchurch Girls High School
Christchurch Boys High School
Hagley School

English for Adults
CCEL College of English

Home Language Support
Rewi Alley Chinese School
NZ China Friendship Society Inc
Christchurch Korean School
Korean Society of Christchurch

Other Options
Canterbury University International
Lincoln University International
Ara International

New Zealand Culture

Discover the New Zealand Kiwi Way!

Cultural Atlas New Zealand

Whats Hot New Zealand?

Cultural Support for You!
Ethnic groups – CINCH
153 results – Organisations listed under Ethnic groups, immigrant job seekers with a mentoring programme, and supports Christchurch ethical businesses.

New Zealand People and Culture


25 Kiwi English Slang Words

New Zild The New Zealand Accent

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

From 1 October, some visitors and tourists must have an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before they leave for New Zealand. Request an NZeTA

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.

The Christchurch Story

Christchurch Weather

Activities for Children

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

Christchurch for Foodies


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
Halswell Health
Halswell Trains
Halswell Community Market
Walkng in Halswell
Te Hāpua Halswell Centre
Halswell Quarry
Halswell Community


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
Craythornes Hotel
Christchurch City properties for rent on Trade Me Property
Christchurch Homestays