Sonninghill Hostel

Sonninghill is the boarding hostel for students attending Hamilton Girls’ High School. It is located in Marama Street just a short walk from the school. The hostel is set in landscaped grounds which include a swimming pool, netball/basketball/tennis court, and a barbecue area. There are three supervised study areas for the girls to attend prep and study. There are piano rooms, a games room well equipped with gym equipment, a pool and table tennis table. There is also a TV room available for the girls with a home theatre in the main building. Junior students share two bed cubicles while the seniors occupy motel style units. Seniors have their own laundry area and a modern lounge and kitchen for entertainment/TV/DVD watching, socialising and snacking. All meals are eaten in the dining room.

As well as participating in all school activities students are encouraged to take advantage of the cultural and recreational opportunities in the community. A mini bus is available to access after school sports and activities. All boarders may travel home each weekend. The hostel is close to public transport which simplifies travel arrangements. Boarders may attend a church or worship centre of their choice.

Applications from International students are welcome at any time and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Sonninghill Contact

If you would like any further information, please contact:

Director of Boarding
Sonninghill Hostel
PO Box 512
Waikato Mail Centre
Hamilton 3240 
Telephone:  (07) 839 0074
Email: [email protected]
Fax:  (07) 839 5287

Sonninghill Hostel Fees

  • Available on request, payable in advance with the first installment due by 20 October of the preceding year
  • An acceptance fee (non-refundable) of $450 is payable on receipt of acceptance
  • To avoid a penalty, if a student is withdrawn, notice is required by the end of the second week in each of the first 3 terms for years 10-13. Year 9 fees are non-refundable


PDF Icon  Hostel/School Prospectus

PDF Icon  Boarders Guide

PDF Icon  Discipline Guide

PDF Icon  Rules and Responsibilities

PDF Icon  Item List for Boarding

PDF Icon  Sonninghill Hostel Omni-Tour


Applications for Year 9 positions close 13 April each year for the following year. Applications for after this date will be considered if positions are available.

Years 10-13 applications are received throughout the year, as casual vacancies may occur from time to time.

PDF Icon  Sonninghill Confidential School Report