Other tertiary providers

Not interested in a University but still want to further your education?

There are a range of options available in the Wellington region:

Whitireia is a government owned and funded tertiary institute known by its high student success rate and culturally diverse student body.  They have now merged with Weltec but currently still retain their individual name and identity.
Over 120 programmes of study are being offered covering postgraduate, degree, diploma and certificate levels. All of the programmes have been developed in conjunction with the industry, to offer excellent applied qualifications.
You can study at one of their contemporary campuses in Porirua, Wellington and Kāpiti.
Youth Guarantee – Check it out to see if you can study fees free.

Weltec has their main base in Petone with additional campuses in the Wellington CBD.
They have a choice of over 150 courses covering everything from short courses to certificates, diplomas and degree programmes.
They have dedicated open days each year. Petone campus on the first week of June. CBD campuses are open on the last Friday of August.
If you are interested in studying with Weltec, they can arrange personal tours of the campuses.


Te Kahui Auaha opened its campus in 2018 in the heart of Wellington. It houses the creative programmes of both Whitireia and WelTec. Its facilities include:

  • dance studios,
  • rehearsal and performance spaces for theater and stage,
  • digital recording studios for musicians and artists,
  • control-mixing rooms and an in-house radio station,
  • stylists’ studios and salons for hair, beauty and make-up artistry,
  • studios for creative technologies, jewellery making and other forms of visual arts,
  • film photography studio and dark rooms,
  • a 232 seat theatre, and
  • a 60-seat cinema.

Yoobee School of Design is the largest specialised design and multimedia school in the country. Offering practical training in Digital Design, Web and UX Design, Animation, Film, 3D Production and Game Art and Development.

Offers flexible study options ranging from short courses and online learning right through to two-year diplomas and degree pathways. Taught by designers, for designers, using the latest industry standard equipment

Students have opportunities to work for real clients on real projects. With vibrant campuses in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Yoobee is the perfect place to carve out a creative future.

If you love sport and dream of working in the sports industry, NZIS have a range of programmes to suit you.

NZIS is New Zealand’s leading sports training college that provides specialist programmes in sport management, exercise prescription, personal training and pre-police training.

Study with confidence, knowing your qualification is accredited at the highest level nationally and internationally, by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) with category one rating.

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School is New Zealand’s foremost training establishment for the dramatic arts.

Toi Whakaari’s vision is to lead in the training of actors, directors, technicians, costumiers and designers in the performing arts both nationally and internationally.

They offer 3 year Bachelors degrees in Performing Arts (Acting), Performing Arts (Management) and Design for Stage & Screen. 2 year undergraduate diplomas in Entertainment Technology & Costume Construction and our Master of Theatre Arts in Directing programme is run in conjunction with Victoria University of Wellington.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa provide holistic education opportunities of the highest quality for Māori, peoples of Aotearoa and the world.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary education providers. They offer a comprehensive range of certificate to degree level qualifications to New Zealanders of all ages and walks of life.

Operating from over 80 locations throughout the country, including a Porirua campus, they provide a unique learning environment. They aim to overcome barriers to learning, and to meet the needs of all within the communities.

Youth Guarantee Programmes:  This is a Government funded programme to help students transition from school into further training, study or work. This could be through the student completing courses/work/qualifications whilst still at school, for example with the Trade Academy, Gateway or STAR funded courses.

An excellent career stepping stone for those who are not going on to university

There is also a Fees-free programme (designed to provide 16–19-year-olds with an opportunity to study towards NCEA Level 2, aligned with the Vocational Pathways, or equivalent, at tertiary providers free-of-charge). Students take part in full-time study in programmes that are usually vocationally focused.

Take a little tour through Whitireia Youth Programmes or Weltec Youth Guarantees Programmes. You can also check out the various Youth Guarentee Providers in Wellington or throughout New Zealand.

Queenstown Resort College is an award winning tertiary provider specialising in the delivery of internationally recognised tourism and hospitality management qualifications.  Their curriculum is taught by industry experts and overseen by an independent industry advisory board.

They offer four diploma intakes per year (January, April, July and October), small class sizes, blended practical and business theory, industry immersion and a Professional Excellence System.  Their focus is on ensuring their graduates are well rounded both personally and professionally and are industry ready.  For more information go to their website.