Freyberg High School

Freyberg High School is a co-educational high school in Palmerston North with approximately 1300 students from Year 9-13. It is a safe, friendly and supportive school with a strong academic focus. It has special strengths in music and the arts (both visual and performing) and is home to many different cultures. Freyberg has a strong reputation for innovation, creativity and developing all-round students. The majority of Freyberg’s international students continue their education experience at university level with many obtaining a NZ or overseas university scholarship.

Freyberg High School is located in a very safe, multi-cultural and prosperous city called Palmerston North, a city of 80,000 residents with a strong focus on education. Named ‘Student City’, it is the home to more than 70 educational and research institutions, including New Zealand’s largest university, Massey University.

Our region is called the Manawatu and is situated in the centre of the North Island. It is a short two hour drive to the capital city, Wellington. We are only 30 minutes’ drive to the nearest beach. The mountains in the Central North Island are within two hours’ drive of the region.

As well as offering a large variety of subjects, our international students are offered many exciting opportunities outside the classroom including trips, participation in music, cultural groups and sports teams, including an elite sports academy for outstanding sporting students. A hi-speed wireless campus network ensures connectivity with home and living with a NZ family in a homestay environment provides a true kiwi experience.

Freyberg High School is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.


Students have many opportunities to try famous outdoor education trips at different years of their time at Freyberg.

In Year 10 we have the overnight Marae trips in Term 2 and the end of year Outdoor Educations days where students get to choose from a variety of trips from overnight camps to kayaking and rafting, wateskiing, mountain biking, caving, horse riding, rock climbing and tramping. The trips last for 3 days and 2 nights.

In the senior school there are a variety of trips including the overnight ski trip on Mt Ruapehu and the Waitomo caving trips , which are a focus of Year 12. There is also an opportunity to stay overnight at Wellington Zoo to study primates, among other subject specific trips.

Year 13 students get to start the year with a week in the dual World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park where they get to raft, climb the Pinnacles above the Whakapapa skifield and trek the works famous Tongariro Crossing. Science and international students visit Cape Kidnappers south of Napier to study geology and visit the Gannet colony. Also in Term 1, athletic students get to go rock climbing at Wharepapa South for 4 days.

As well as the trips outlined above, during the year international students get to visit Pukawa/Mt Bruce to see native birds and also eels, visit Rotorua for luging, a Maori performance, a hangi and geothermal activity. Wellington’s cable car and Te Papa are always popular with students. Other outdoor education focused trips including overnight tramping (to Rangiwahia Hut), Skiing (Ohakune Skifield), and a Mangatepopo Valley trek.

We also give students many opportunities to visit places where the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit were filmed. Mount Doom is of particular interest and everybody just loves visiting Hobbiton and also the Weta Workshop. We try and incorporate these visits with Outdoor Education experiences.

For 2015 we are pioneering our schools involvement in the “Get to Go” and Hillary Challenge outdoor education competitions run by Hillary Outdoors.


Tuition Fees

One Term $6200
Two Terms $9300
Three Terms $12400
Four Terms $15500


Compulsory Fees All in NZD
Homestay (per week) $230.00
Homestay Pastoral Fee (per year) $1,000.00
Homestay Change Admin Fee $150.00
Insurance (approx. per year) $540.00

Other Fees
School Trips + Outdoor Activities Up to $1,000.00 per year
NCEA Exam Fees $384.00



Term 1: 28 January – 2 April

Term 2: 20 April – 3 July

Term 3: 20 July – 25 September

Term 4: 12 October – 15 December