Colwill School is situated in Massey East, West Auckland, near the shores of the Upper Waitemata Harbour. It is very close to the North Western Motorway which gives access to the Northern and Southern Motorways and SH20 link. Bus services are available within walking distance of the school. Auckland City can be reached in 20 minutes during off-peak traffic times.


The area is well resourced with local shopping at Royal Heights (Royal Rd) including a Countdown supermarket, pharmacy, dairy, various food outlets (Curry Leaf restaurant (Indian), Pizza Hut, an Asian food outlet), real estate agency, locksmith, jewellers, video outlet etc There is also a Medical Centre and Diagnostic Laboratory. There are also several churches of a range of denominations. 

A little further afield at Westgate Shopping Centre and North West Mall  (5 min drive from the school) is a comprehensive range of shops including department stores, supermarket and outlet shops, a wide choice of takeaway food bars, car mechanics,  medical services and other amenities such as the ASB Bank, Massey Leisure Centre and Massey Library. There are a number of parks and sportsfields close by.

The school currently contributes to two Secondary Schools; Massey High School (catering for Years 9-13 students), and Rutherford High. Bus services operate from Colwill Road and take in the surrounding streets.

The Waitakere Ranges are a short drive offering a range of bush walks, the scenic Cascade Waterfalls, and close proximity to several West Auckland surf beaches (Piha, Karekare, and Bethells ). A short drive West provides the opportunity to visit wineries in the Huapai, Kumeu area or the gannet colony at Muriwai. Back towards Auckland, 15 minutes away at Pt Chevalier is a very safe and popular swimming beach.