Tertiary institutes


Whangārei has 3 tertiary institutes all located near the city centre. They offer a wide range of NCEA level courses and some degrees which are available on campus or online.


Provides practical, quality training that meets Northland’s needs and has over 60 community-based delivery points as well as online learning options.

Te Papa Ako o Tai Tokerau – Whangārei campus 

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s highest ranked university with a reputation for research excellence. They are proud to be ranked the highest in New Zealand and in the top 3% of the world’s universities for Education.

Options to study in the University's Faculty of Education and Social Work where research in Education informs the programmes taught and excellence in teaching is highly valued.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa

Te Wananga o Aotearoa is one of New Zealand's largest tertiary education providers and is guided by Māori principles and values. A comprehensive range of NCEA Level 2 to diploma qualifications is offered in Whangārei. Including courses in money management, small business, adult and tertiary teaching and te reo Māori to New Zealanders of all ages and walks of life.

If you are looking for education for your children or want to find out more about Whangarei, find more information below.