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        Over 4.4 million people live in New Zealand. Over 99,000 international students currently live and study in New Zealand.



Auckland is New Zealand's largest city with a population of over 1.3 million. The city lies between two harbours and the beautiful Waitakere mountain range. Central Auckland features a fast-paced mix of fashion, theatre and nightlife.


The region offers exciting outdoor experiences and beautiful inner city beaches provide safe swimming. The Hauraki Gulf is famous for great sailing and fishing and the harbour side is a wining and dining mecca.


Auckland Airport is New Zealand’s busiest so you’re never far from the rest of the world.




Christchurch offers the best of the past and the present, from traditional buildings like the Canterbury Museum to modern facilities like the Christchurch Art Gallery. Just a short drive from the city and you’re among the excellent Canterbury ski fields.


The city is very flat so cycling is a great way to get around. Christchurch enjoys a thriving arts scene which attracts artists and performers from around the world to the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island.


Christchurch is often the first stop for visitors going on to the Southern Alps or the natural coastal wonderland of Kaikoura, where diving, surfing and whale tours are popular.




Wellington is New Zealand’s political and cultural capital. It’s home to the National Museum (Te Papa), the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.


Tucked beside a beautiful harbour and encircled by green hills, Wellington is a bustling, city full of galleries, museums, theatres, bars and quirky shops. The capital is peppered with offbeat cafes that sell famously strong coffee.


A strong community of musicians and bands, including some of New Zealand’s best loved recording and live acts, makes Wellington a great night out.


Wellington is well loved for its compact urban layout – you can cover the whole inner city in an easy walk.




Waikato is one of the world’s richest agricultural areas, and Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities. Regional highlights include the Waitomo Caves and Raglan – home to one of the world’s best surf breaks.


Hamilton is known for its spectacular gardens and riverside activities. New Zealand’s largest river runs the length of the district and it’s great for kayaking and rafting. The Waingaro Hot Springs has New Zealand’s longest open hot waterslides.


North of Hamilton is Ngaruawahia, the home of the Maori king and the site of the historic Turangawaewae Marae.




Nelson enjoys a warm sunny climate and is on the doorstep of 3 national parks and many golden beaches, so you’re never far from the great outdoors.


The city is home to over 300 artists and craftspeople who show their work at small galleries and weekly markets.


A walk around the city will lead you through shops and cafés where you can sample the region’s wines. The Bishop Suter Art Gallery is a cultural centre for major local and touring art exhibitions.


You can take a tour of the surrounding wine district and sample the latest vintage at cellars along the way.




The Marlborough region boasts 3 national parks and is New Zealand’s largest wine producer. From Blenheim you can explore the glorious Marlborough Sounds – a lush coastline of inlets and islands.


Abel Tasman National Park provides a stunning coastal adventure for trampers and kayakers, with its golden beaches, clear water and rocky headlands. You can walk the track one way and, when you’ve had enough of walking, get a lift back on a water taxi.


The Heaphy Track is one of New Zealand's great walks and the Nelson Lakes National Park is set amid mountains and glaciated valleys.




Bordered by golden beaches, the Bay of Plenty enjoys year-round sunshine and is a major fruit growing region. The city of Tauranga is one of New Zealand’s busiest ports.


‘The Bay’, as it is known to locals, is a favourite holiday spot for Aucklanders who flock there in huge numbers for summer beach parties and outdoor concerts. It’s a great place for surfing and other water sports.


In your study breaks you can enjoy big game fishing, horse riding and white water rafting. Or soak in natural hot pools and visit an active volcano – situated a safe distance off the coast.




Manawatu and Wanganui are neighbouring districts that offer a diverse range of recreation options. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the small-town lifestyle.


Wanganui is built around the Whanganui River, which also winds through Whanganui National Park. The city’s rich history and culture are celebrated in numerous galleries and museums.


Palmerston North, or ‘Palmy’ as it’s often called, is known for its vibrant student life and relatively low living costs. The city is surrounded by rural countryside making it a great base for lovers of the great outdoors.




Wild beaches and snow-capped mountains make Taranaki one of New Zealand’s most scenic regions – and one of the few places in the world where you can ski in the morning and surf in the afternoon.


New Plymouth offers arts, entertainment and dining within an easily walkable central city. Countless parks, beaches and coastal walkways are nearby.


The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is one of the country’s finest contemporary art galleries, and the region hosts one of New Zealand’s largest art festivals.


The conical Mt Taranaki is viewable from anywhere in the region, and bears a striking resemblance to Japan’s Mt Fuji.



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