Fall Semester in New Zealand

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Fall Semester in New Zealand

Find your leadership style on the South Island

Wake up and smell salt air as you check the wind for sailing and sea kayaking. As you hike, listen for the call of the kea mountain parrot, found only in New Zealand. Fall asleep savoring a delicious meal you cooked on a camp stove and wake up ready to explore the next turn in the river. During this semester, you’ll make your way through alpine grasslands, snowfields, rainforests, valleys, rugged mountains, and spectacular gorges as you learn to live and travel in the outdoors with minimum impact. The course combines a variety of outdoor skills that may include sailing, sea kayaking, backpacking, and canoeing. Your course will also spend time visiting a community of Maori, New Zealand’s indigenous people. Visiting the marae, the meeting house, you’ll exchange stories and learn about their ancient and modern ways of life.

As you progress through your semester, leadership will be a key focus. With each day, you’ll learn more about how you lead and hone your personal leadership style. Trying an activity like sea kayaking for the first time might be your opportunity to develop self awareness and a lifelong love for the ocean. Or maybe you’ll learn about tolerance for adversity as you and your group work through challenging mountain terrain together. Experiences like these will help you build on what you’ve learned throughout the semester. By the end of this course, you’ll go home with deep friendships, real leadership experiences, and a relationship with the unique, wild landscape of New Zealand. 



2019 Dates

Sept. 12 – Nov. 27, 2019

Tuition: $19,610
Details: Cultural, Mountaineering, Sea Kayaking, Backpacking
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Sept. 19 – Dec. 4, 2019

Tuition: $19,610
Details: Cultural, Whitewater Canoeing, Backpacking, Mountaineering
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Sept. 26 – Dec. 11, 2019

Tuition: $19,610
Details: Cultural, Backpacking, Whitewater Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Backpacking


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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

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Travel and Logistics


Aniseed Valley, New Zealand

Fly in/out

Nelson, New Zealand

Skills learned





Sea Kayaking

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Essential Eligibility Criteria

Tuition includes +15% GST.



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What Our Grads Say

“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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