The standard of education in New Zealand is excellent. Expats moving to the country with children won’t struggle to find an affordable, high-quality school. Major cities such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch have a broad range of schooling options to choose from.
Schooling in New Zealand is compulsory from age six up until 16. Most children in New Zealand do continue to Years 12 and 13 to acquire the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). The NCEA is internationally regarded and readily accepted by overseas universities.
New Zealand follows a southern-hemisphere school calendar, meaning the school year begins in late January and ends in mid-December. There are four terms each year, and the longest holiday periods are in July and December. Dates often differ slightly for primary and secondary schools.