“To provide the best possible environment for girls who need to board away from home in
order to attend Hamilton Girls’ High School”.

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 Hostel Fees

The fees for 2024 are $14,760.00 (including GST)
with the first installment of $1,845.00 due by the 20th September 2023. 

The balance is then payable in 7 monthly installments of $1,845.00 from the 20th February 2024 – 20th August 2024.

An acceptance fee (non-refundable) of $ 450.00 is payable on receipt of acceptance.

In the event of withdrawal from the hostel:
Fees payable for Year 9 students and all first year hostel students; there is an obligation to pay the remaining years’ hostel fees if a Year 9 or first year student is withdrawn.

Fees payable after Year 9 and second year onwards hostel students; a parent/caregiver must give 12 weeks’ notice.  If insufficient notice is received, payment of 10 weeks boarding fees are to be paid in lieu of notice.

If you have any account queries, please contact the Finance Office by email at [email protected]


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.

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