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Two spacious buildings, more than twenty modern classrooms, all in one breathtaking location


Unique New Zealand is the school on the beach and since 1989 has provided high-quality English courses to adults, teens and juniors from more than 50 countries. We have a dedicated team who will do their best to make sure that you have a fantastic experience in and outside of the classroom.

Unique New Zealand is registered as a private training establishment rated Category 1 by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. We are also signatories to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students)  Code of Practice.

We will prepare you for success in an English speaking world. Come and join our family. Study English and have fun in a beautiful, friendly, beachside community.

What is NZQA Category 1?

Unique New Zealand is checked by the NZQA regularly to make sure that we are a quality Private Training Establishment.  Category 1 is the highest rating, which Unique achieved in our External Evaluation and Review in 2013 and 2017.  

Category 1 means that NZQA is highly confident in Unique’s ability to deliver quality academic programmes and look after students. Adult students who study for 14 weeks or longer at a Category 1 institute and have a valid student visa can work part-time.  

Click here to read our latest EER report


Unique New Zealand is located in the beautiful Browns Bay. Our school is right by the beach, so at break times you can take a stroll along the sand, or eat lunch with the seagulls.

Unique has two buildings, which we call Campus 1 and Campus 2. The buildings are very close to each other; it only takes two minutes to walk between them.

Both buildings have free Wi-fi and places to eat.

Campus 1

Campus 2

Campus 1

Campus 1 is our main building. Usually, it is for teenagers and for adults studying Academic English.

Campus 1 contains sixteen classrooms, three cafeterias, a table tennis table, vending machines for snacks and drinks, and many computers for students to use. Every night, the building is open until 5:30pm for students to study or relax after class.

All of our Student Services and Sales staff are on Campus 1.

Campus 2

Campus 2  is home to most of our adult students.

It has two floors and contains nine classrooms and one cafeteria and a vending machine.

The campus closes just after 3:00pm, but students are welcome to move to Campus 1 to do their homework or to relax.


Unique’s classes have a maximum of 12 students for adults, and 14 students for teens. Our classrooms are very spacious, and are furnished with comfortable chairs and tables, and state-of-the-art learning technology.

Many rooms have electronic whiteboards, so teachers can use interactive activities, play video clips, use online resources and share class content with the students via web classrooms. 

We also have iPads, which students use to complete projects and practise their English with language learning apps.

Unique also has a Study Centre – a special classroom for students to use after school to do homework or other self study. A teacher is in the Study Centre every afternoon to answer student questions.