Location & History

Our Location

New Plymouth Boys’ High School has been educating boys in New Plymouth since 1882. New Plymouth is located on the West Coast of the North Island, halfway between NZ’s capital city Wellington and NZ’s biggest city Auckland.

The city of 50,000 people is located in the region of Taranaki and beside the beautiful Mount Taranaki. Taranaki is known for its dairy farming and the production of oil and gas.

The school is located in central New Plymouth, only a short walk from the city’s beaches and a 35-minute drive to the region’s mountain.

Our History

The New Plymouth Boys’ High School Hostel is over 100 years old with the first seven boarders starting in Moyes House in 1912. Moyes House still stands but has undergone considerable modification and strengthening since 1912. Carrington House was established in 1916 to cater for the growth in boarder-numbers. In 2014 the Carrington building was deemed an earthquake risk and was demolished.

Boys are assigned a house identity on arrival: Moyes or Carrington, and a fierce inter-house rivalry remains between the two houses. Boys compete between the two houses academically, culturally, and on the sporting field. This spirit is an important part of hostel life. You will become a Moyes Boy or a Carrington Boy and you will be for life.