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Auckland education

Auckland has lots of education options to choose from, for all ages.

There are pre-school, primary and secondary schools in or near every suburb in Auckland, two major universities, two highly regarded Institutes of Technology, and many specialist education providers.

If your children are New Zealand residents, permanent residents or citizens (this includes Tokelauans, Cook Islanders and Niueans), or they hold a student visa based on your temporary work visa, they can attend primary and secondary schools as domestic students. If they do not have any of these, check to see if they need visas.

Check what visa your child needs | Ministry of Education

The school system in New Zealand

Early childhood education

There are just over 1200 options for early childhood education in Auckland.

There are many different types of early childhood services.  A key difference between these services is how much involvement they expect of the child's parents and family. The main types of early childhood education services are described on the Education Review Office website.

Early childhood education providers are listed on the Education Counts website. For more information about kindergartens in this region, visit the Auckland and Northern Auckland Kindergarten Associations websites.

Early childhood education in Auckland | Education Counts

Types of early childhood education services | Education Review Office

Auckland Kindergarten Association

Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association


Playgroups are informal sessions where caregivers and children aged 0-5 years meet together in a relaxed environment. In a playgroup, parents and caregivers stay to interact with the other adults and to play with the children.

Playgroups are usually set up and run by parents and caregivers, with children choosing from a range of activities. Activities at playgroup are either free or low cost, and may include music and singing, imaginative play, outdoor and free play, or arts and crafts.

Playgroups in the Auckland region | Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

Find a school

Visit the Education Counts website for information about schools in Auckland. You can search this website to find schools of different types in the region.

The Education Review Office (ERO) website has a link to each school’s performance report. 

You can find more information on the types of schooling available in New Zealand and what qualifications are offered on our School System page.

Find a school | Education Counts

ERO reports | Education Review Office

The school system

Check school zones

Schools in New Zealand are grouped into areas known as 'zones'. Children are usually expected to attend a school in the zone where they have their home. However, some school don't have zones.

To find out which schools you are in the zone for, search the Education Counts website.

You can also find more information about school zones on our Choosing a School page.

Find schools in your zone | Education Counts

Choosing a school

Tertiary education

There are two universities headquartered in Auckland: University of Auckland and AUT University. Other New Zealand universities also have campuses in Auckland, including Massey University, which has its Albany campus on the North Shore.

There are two Institutes of Technology based in Auckland: Unitec and Manukau Institute of Technology. Also, there are two Wananga providers in the Auckland region.

Check the Study in New Zealand website for more information about private education providers in Auckland.

University of Auckland

AUT University

Massey University Albany campus


Manukau Institute of Technology

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Private Training Establishments | Study in New Zealand

Tertiary courses in Auckland |

Adult Community Education

Check the Auckland Community Education site to find adult community education available in a selection of schools in Auckland.

The Xtend directory has lots options for community courses in Auckland. You can search it by region and keywords.

Auckland Schools Community Education

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