Fall Semester in New Zealand

Credit: Fredrik Norrsell

Fall Semester in New Zealand

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 region's 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 canoe, sea kayak, or sail, you'll practice technical skills along New Zealand's coastlines or rivers. 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.



2018 Dates

Sept. 13 – Nov. 28, 2018

Tuition: $19,061
Details: Cultural, Mountaineering, Sea Kayaking, Backpacking
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Sept. 20 – Dec. 5, 2018

Tuition: $19,061
Details: Cultural, Canoeing, Mountaineering, Backpacking

Sept. 27 – Dec. 12, 2018

Tuition: $19,061
Details: Cultural, Backpacking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking


All course information at a glance

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Equipment Deposit
77 days
Minimum Age
18 yrs.
Academic Credit
16 College Credits
  • 3 Risk Assessment
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 4 Leadership Techniques
  • 3 Environmental Studies

2 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 1.00 Physical Education
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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Aniseed Valley, New Zealand
Fly in/out
Nelson, New Zealand
Skills learned





Sea Kayaking

Additional Details

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“It seems nearly impossible to put into words how much my time at NOLS meant to me. NOLS allows us to do things we would never get to do and be people we never thought we could be. It removes us from the tedious distractions of every day life, it teaches us things that we could never learn in a classroom, and in turn, we learn more about ourselves than we had ever known before.” 

— Natalie H., NOLS Fall Semester in New Zealand grad

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