Wakatipu High School

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Wakatipu High School
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Wakatipu High School
47-49 Red Oaks Drive
Queenstown 9300
New Zealand
Coordinates 45°01′33″S168°44′55″E / 45.0257°S 168.7487°E / -45.0257; 168.7487 Coordinates: 45°01′33″S168°44′55″E / 45.0257°S 168.7487°E / -45.0257; 168.7487
TypeState Co-Ed Secondary (Year 9-13)
MottoAd Alta
(Reach for your heights)
Ministry of Education Institution no. 374
PrincipalSteve Hall
School roll1121(March 2021) [1]
Socio-economic decile10Z [2]
Website www.wakatipu.school.nz
Wakatipu High School, at the former Fryer Street site, in 1980. Wakatipu High School New Zealand 1980.jpg
Wakatipu High School, at the former Fryer Street site, in 1980.

Wakatipu High School is a state coeducational secondary school located in Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand. Serving Years 9 to 13 (ages 13 to 18), a total of 1121 students attend the school as of March 2021. [1]


The school was originally located at 68 Fryer Street in central Queenstown. The school relocated to a new site at 47/49 Red Oaks Drive, Frankton during the 2017/18 summer holidays. [3] Development of the new Wakatipu High School cost approximately $50 million dollars and took place over the course of 2017. [4] The school was developed with a controversial open plan design with the intention of encouraging constructive communication between students. [5] [6] Further development of the school is set to continue in 2020. [7]


Wakatipu High School uses a house system with different colours: Arthur House (blue), Duncan House (black), Fox House (red), Hay House (green), and Mackenzie House (orange). Within these houses are a Dean and student leaders. [8] The houses are named after historical figures from the region.

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