Living in Timaru

Mountainview High School is a modern well-equipped state co-educational school located on a magnificent and spacious site overlooking the sea and mountains.

Originally established in 1901, it was rebuilt on a new site in 1983 with a new name of Mountainview High School. Emphasis is placed on providing a caring environment where high standards of academic excellence are expected.

Academic Programme

The school accepts students from Year 9 to Year 13. A wide choice of subjects is available. Extracurricular activities offered include golf, skiing and snowboarding, tramping, sailing and a variety of sports teams engaging in regular competition, including basketball, badminton, table tennis, soccer, rugby, volleyball and hockey. Tuition in musical instruments is available, and music and drama play an important part in school life.

English Language Support

A comprehensive ESOL programme is available from highly-trained and qualified ESOL teachers.

Course Commencement

Students are accepted at any time during the year.

Student Support

On first arrival students are met at Christchurch International Airport at no extra cost. There is a full-time Director of International Students to look after their needs.


This is with a New Zealand family (homestay).

In Summary

Mountainview High School provides excellent preparation for university study. Class sizes are limited so that students are able to receive close personal attention. We assist students with their applications for university.