‘When I was looking for a study abroad experience New Zealand seemed by far the most interesting place.

One of the main reasons I came was for the outdoors lifestyle. Going tramping, sporting…Wow!’

Maria Akesson (Sweden)

New Zealand

New Zealand is known throughout the world as a country of great natural beauty – one that is easy to fall in love with and impossible to forget. The country’s lakes, mountains, native forest, open spaces and clean air provide a magical backdrop to your student experience.

Similar in size to Great Britain but with a population of just over four million people,
New Zealand is one of the world’s least-crowded countries. There are two main islands, the North and South islands. The South Island is home to the world-famous landscapes of Fiordland, Central Otago, the West Coast and the Southern Alps.

New Zealand society is diverse and multicultural. Although the bulk of New Zealand’s population are of European descent and English is the everyday language, Māori, New Zealand’s indigenous population, make up around 15 per cent of the population and growing numbers of people from around the world are making New Zealand their home.

New Zealand is also a great place to live. It was recently ranked third in the world for quality of life (United Nations HDI, 2010). In the cities you will find great food and coffee, bustling nightlife and a feast of entertainment options. Outside the cities you will find amazingly beautiful scenery from pristine beaches to commanding mountains whose magnificence rivals those found anywhere else in the world.

New Zealand’s varied landscapes and pleasant climate make it ideal for many outdoor activities, and a great place to relax. New Zealand is a nation of sports lovers, and sailing, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, hiking and fishing are all popular pastimes.

But what many people may not know is that New Zealand is a technologically advanced country with a sophisticated urban culture and a world-class education system, with a university tradition that dates back nearly 150 years.

New Zealand is a great place to do business and punches above its weight on the world stage. It has been named by the World Bank as the best country in the world in which to do business two years in a row and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor ranks New Zealand second in the world for innovation.

A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes New Zealand an ideal destination.

Month (Season) Average maximum temperature Average minimum temperature
January (Summer) 23°C (73°F) 12°C (54°F)
July (Winter) 11°C (52°F) 2°C (36°F)

More information

To find out more about our beautiful country, please visit the following websites

  • New Zealand 100% Pure
    Destination New Zealand, everything you need to know about travelling to New Zealand. Official site of the New Zealand Tourism Board.