Fall Semester in New Zealand

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Fall Semester in New Zealand

Find your leadership style on the South Island

Find your leadership style as you explore mountains, rivers, and the ocean on the Semester in New Zealand. Wake up and smell salt air as you check the wind for sailing and sea kayaking. Listen for the kea mountain parrot, found only in New Zealand, as you hike. You might go to bed listening to wind rustle a broadleaf tree and wake up ready to explore the next turn in the river. Here, you’ll find alpine grasslands, huge snowfields, rainforests, valleys, rugged mountains, and spectacular gorges. To help you get the most out of your time in New Zealand, you’ll take on a variety of outdoor skills that might include sailing, sea kayaking, backpacking, or canoeing. It’s not only about the outdoors—you’ll also learn about New Zealand’s indigenous people, the Maori. You’ll visit a Maori community, where you’ll listen to stories of their history and ways of life and share about yourself, too.

But what’s most important about this course will be the leadership opportunities you find. You’ll learn about how you lead and what challenges you. You’ll work with your group to practice decision making, communication, and meeting challenges together. With these challenges, you’ll find out that you can meet whatever life throws your way. This is your opportunity to make deep friendships and grow as a leader in wild places that only a few people ever visit.



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
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Sept. 27 – Dec. 12, 2018

Tuition: $19,061
Details: Cultural, Backpacking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking
Full, Waitlist Available Apply now


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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

Additional Details

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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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