Welcome to Whitianga, a small seaside town surrounded by natural beauty about 2.5 hours from Auckland on the north island of New Zealand. It lies on the shores of Mercury Bay in one of the most stunning parts of stunning New Zealand. The town is surrounded by densely forested hills, rugged coastline and yes there are—we repeat—25 beaches within half an hour of the school.
The Coromandel Outdoor Language Centre is a small friendly school that teaches communicative English. If you are looking for an intimate family-like atmosphere away from the big cities, this is the place to go. Imagine a cool English holiday camp. The school believes in learning by doing. It offers more than 50 activities including archery, golf, pottery, boogie–boarding, surfing, fishing, kayaking, sailing and stand–up paddle–boarding. It’s a small school with never more than 60 students.
Whitianga is a seaside town on the Coromandel Peninsula, in the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island. The town is located on Mercury Bay, on the north east coast of the peninsula, east of Auckland. The school is set in an old villa, just across the road from the water. It is just a short walk to the centre of town and a few more to the nearest beach.
Most homestays are within 15–20 minutes walking distance to school. If they are any further away there will be a bike provided. Most students walk to school.
Little Paradise Lodge is 5 minute walk from school. Single or double rooms with shared bathrooms or en suites. The student house is about 20 minute walk from school. There are 3 rooms available. Students share the kitchen and living areas.
- General English full-time and part-time
- FCE Cambridge exam preparation
- English plus Activities
- English plus Surfing
- English plus Environmental Volunteering
- Max class size: 12 students
- Average class size: 8 students in summer, less in winter
- School capacity: 25 in winter, 55 in summer
- Average Age: all ages
- Minimum Age: 16
It is easy to find work here in the summer months, but it is harder in the winter. Students who have a working holiday visa, and those who book 14 weeks or more on a student visa can work part-time in New Zealand.
COLC offers an amazing selection of activities.
- bush walks
- beach visits
- stand–up paddle-boarding
The school also organises day trips and some weekend trips.
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The special things about this school are the friendly family atmosphere and its extensive activities program. Learning by doing moves English learning out of the classroom into the community and the environment and makes learning fun. If you want to study somewhere intimate, supportive and surrounded by the most beautiful landscape, then this is the place for you.