International Students

International Students

From 1 October 2019, some international visitors and transit passengers must have an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before travelling to New Zealand.

This applies to travellers from visa waiver countries and may include students coming to New Zealand for short term courses, friends and relatives who visit students and education agents visiting on business.

Click below to see how this may affect you.

To join the International Student programme the only requirement is that the student must have a minimum of lower intermediate English. We work with each student to help them gain the qualifications they need. As a small College, our International students are fully integrated with New Zealand students. This helps everybody to become fluent in speaking, reading and writing English.

We want the parents of our international students to be involved in the education of their young people, so we will send regular reports on their progress. Cullinane College offers a number of fantastic opportunities for our students to experience a great deal of New Zealand. Our students can take part in a variety of activities that allow them to increase their awareness of our unique Kiwi culture.

A great deal of the opportunities involve experiencing New Zealand’s outdoor lifestyle. Members of our staff enjoy this lifestyle themselves and bring their expertise to our students through trips ranging from bush tramps to skiing on Mt Ruapehu.

Our students also have the opportunity, if they choose, to experience the extreme sports for which New Zealand is world renowned. The opportunities at Cullinane College are not just limited to the outdoor lifestyle either. Many of our students have the chance to visit national museums, the New Zealand Government buildings in Wellington and have an overnight excursion to the Wellington Zoo.

Opportunities are limitless as our staff and wider community support our students both inside and outside the classroom. Our Homestay families have extended the classroom experiences for their students by taking them on family trips across the North Island and the South Island in order to give your students the best possible experience of New Zealand.


The College’s ESOL programme (English Speakers of Other Languages) provides consistent support for International Students.

The ESOL students enjoy a daily lesson together as they practice their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English. These classes are small in design and allow students to have individual teacher instruction and learning.

A wide range of tasks and activities are included in their lessons for variety and interest. ‘Knowing New Zealand’ is an important focus in the lessons. Students have fun sharing their experiences and talking about the use of the English language.

For more you can contact:

Head of International Students
Lida Penn-Reina
Phone: +64 6 349 0105 ext 7041




Located on the West Coast of the North Island of New Zealand, Whanganui sits at the junction of State Highways 3 and 4.

Whanganui is a 2 1/2 hour drive north from New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington (which has an international airport). Whanganui is also a 1 1/2 hour drive from Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro.

Cullinane College is situated in the picturesque city of Whanganui and is located on the West Coast of the North Island of New Zealand.

Whanganui has a population of approximately 45,000 people and is steeped in history, art and culture.

The most noted landmark of Whanganui is the Whanganui River which is New Zealand’s longest navigable waterway and runs from Mount Tongariro to the Tasman sea. Both Mount Ruapehu and Mount Taranaki can be visible on a clear day from the several hills and vantage points around the city.

Whanganui enjoys a warm temperate climate which usually sits slightly above the national average.
Whanganui has a wide range of facilities for shopping, outdoor sports, creative arts and leisure. Having mountains, west coast beaches and lush native bush/parks and reserves in its backyard makes Whanganui an ideal outdoor enthusiasts playground.

In the summer months, Whanganui becomes a popular destination for tourists as it celebrates its Vintage Weekend celebrations, Artist Open Studios and other events.

Popular destination points around Whanganui include: Virginia Lake, Bason Reserve, Whanganui National Park and a trip up the river on the heritage paddle steamer, the Waimarie.