Spring Semester in New Zealand

Spring Semester in New Zealand


  • Spend 80 days traversing the mountains and seas of New Zealand's South Island's remote backcountry
  • Spend a day with the local Maori iwi and learn about the culture and history of New Zealand
  • Backpack through the Southern Alps in areas never before explored by others
  • Learn sailing skills in Marlborough Sounds and the Cook Strait while living aboard a 38-foot full keel, sloop-rig vessel (sections 2-3 only)
Join us for an exciting educational opportunity in a remarkable country. New Zealand's South Island is a varied region of alpine grasslands, snowfields, rain forests, rugged mountains, spectacular gorges, and broad valleys with unique birds and plants found nowhere else in the world, such as the only mountain parrot, the Kea.

For 77 days, you'll learn about the regions natural history and culture as you travel through the island's forests that contain remnants of Gondwanaland, a prehistoric continent. Along the way, you'll spend some time with the local Maori who will teach you about their culture and connection to the land.

Then, whether you choose to sea kayak or sail, you'll practice technical skills along New Zealand's coastlines. And no matter where this semester takes you, you'll experience the varied and unpredictable weather of the "Roaring Forties," an apt nickname for the area between latitudes 40 and 50 south known for strong, prevailing winds.


Location NOLS New Zealand
Tuition $18,682 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $700
Minimum Age 18
Duration 77 Days
Type Semester & Year
Start/End Aniseed Valley, New Zealand
Fly in/out Nelson, New Zealand
College Credit
  • 16 Credit Hours
  • 3 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 4 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 6 Hours Skills Practicum
  • 3 Hours Risk Assessment
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High School Credit
  • 2 Carnegie Units
  • 1 CU Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“The most rewarding part of this trip was the personal growth. I became a lot more comfortable and in tune with my emotions and how I handle situations. Also I learned that I am capable of a lot more than I thought I could ever do. I pushed myself and then pushed myself some more and I don't think I have ever felt such a sense of accomplishment.”

-Wendy C.

Semester in New Zealand Grad