Studying in New Zealand gives international students the chance to explore beautiful sights and exciting destinations.
Students may be surprised by how much of our spectacular country they’ll be able to explore in their study breaks. See stunning scenery and unique wildlife, climb gorgeous mountains, and swim in sparkling lakes and beaches. For a change of pace, try some of New Zealand’s famous adventure sports and activities – from bungy jumping to white water rafting.
Our mild climate means tourism runs all year round. With a good network of domestic airlines, and affordable buses and trains, it’s easy to reach all the experiences, beauty and wide open spaces that New Zealand has to offer.
In Auckland, students can bungy jump from the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, climb a volcano, and go whale watching. Hop on a ferry from the CBD and visit islands in and around the harbour, or head out to one of the wild West Coast surf beaches. The city is filled with cafes, bars, and restaurants, and on weekends students can visit food festivals, arts and crafts markets, and music shows. For some local wildlife, they can visit the Auckland Zoo, Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, Butterfly Creek or the Reptile Park.
The city of Hamilton has stunning gardens, great shopping and a popular nightlife and restaurant scene, including award-winning eateries and exciting entertainment. In the centre of the North Island, students can easily visit iconic attractions such as the Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Caves, and the surf beaches of Raglan, as well as Waikato’s bush clad mountains, stunning waterfalls and hot mineral pools.
Along the waterfront, The Strand is modern and always buzzing, with plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs. Fishing, sailing, diving and dolphin tours are easy to arrange. The region offers exciting events all year round, including cultural festivals, sports events, concerts and theatre. A 15-minute drive takes you to popular Mount Maunganui, with ocean-beach swimming and surfing, cycling and walking, and plenty more cafes and nightclubs.
Walking, mountain biking, horse riding, swimming and fishing are some of the best ways to see Rotorua’s wildlife and breathtaking scenery. The area is a geothermal zone with mud pools, steam vents and rock formations. Rotorua also has a thermally-heated, central city alfresco dining zone known as Eat Street, plus other popular food and craft markets. From Rotorua, it is less than two hours’ drive to the ski fields at Mt Ruapehu, and less than an hour to the nearest beach towns.
New Zealand’s capital city Wellington is known for its lively nightlife and world-class restaurants. The hub of New Zealand’s craft beer revolution, Wellington has experimental breweries and specialist bars popping up all over the city. Home to national museums, galleries and theatres, Wellington is at the heart of New Zealand’s arts and culture scene, and is the venue for the famed World of Wearable Arts (WOW).
Christchurch is the gateway to the Canterbury region and the spectacular South Island of New Zealand. There are over 250 events, concerts and festivals held in Christchurch every year. Ski fields, surf breaks, swimming beaches and rivers, cycle ways and walking tracks are all within an hours’ drive of the city.
Historic Dunedin values its heritage, architecture and wildlife – including the world’s rarest penguins and the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Dunedin’s student population brings vibrant music, arts and culture to the city.
If you have any questions about life in New Zealand or would like to find out more about studying with ACG Pathways please contact us.