NorthTec is the Northland’s largest provider of tertiary education, with campuses and learning centres in Whangarei City and Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands, and learning centres in Rawene on the shores of the Hokianga, Kaikohe and our northernmost site in Kaitaia. NorthTec serves a population base of approximately 160,000.

Offering more than 90 courses, NorthTec has a range of programmes in health, science, business, technology, tourism, education, Māori studies and the arts. These programmes cater for student learning from NZQA Levels 1 to 7. The flexible programme structure has some courses being offered by providers closer to where students live, and some courses can be done by distance or remote learning. 

NorthTec does not offer hostel accommodation but has an active programme which helps students to find homestay places or board. Flatting is a popular and cheap option for students, with houses renting for a lot less in Whangarei than in bigger centres. 

All of NorthTec’s level 2 programmes are FEES FREE. You can choose from a wide range of programmes at locations across Northland. These introductory courses are a great entry point if you do not have a great NCEA takeout from school which can help you develop core skills, gain confidence and progress into further study or a career.

NorthTec’s programmes include: 

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