2017 June program is now closed, next program starts 27 December in the South Island.


Study tour 2017/2018

15 day educational and adventure study tour in the South Island of New Zealand.  Can be followed with optional internship or community service project.

Starts Thursday 27 December 2017 and finishes Thursday 11 January 2018.

Note: it is summer in New Zealand in December


Tour options

Subject to weather and road stability we select from two tour options closer to departure time.

Tour one: The East, east coast of the South Island including Kaikoura, Christchurch, Tekapo, Dunedin and Queenstown.

Tour two: The West, the rugged west coast of the South Island including Kaikoura, Christchurch, West Coast (via Tranz Alpine rail), Franz Josef, Wanaka and Queenstown.



Open to all enrolled college and university students. Evidence of enrolment and Statement of Good Character required from home institution professor or study abroad advisor.


The program

In this study tour you will explore and experience our environmental wonders of the youngest country on earth.

Key topics and features:  cultural and sustainable tourism, environmental conservation, world heritage conservation sites and projects, culture and heritage, tourism attractions (ecotourism,  adventure and film locations).

Starts in Blenheim, Marlborough region and ends in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.


  • Environmental Conservation in Action – visits to wildlife conservation sites
  • Walk the famous Franz Joseph glacier
  • TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps
  • Whale watching
  • Christchurch to study the earthquakes recovery program and sustainable solutions including the cardboard Cathedral
  • International  Antarctic Centre
  • Day walk of the Routeburn track or visit to Milford Sound

Note: some highlights above are not in both tours.

Internship or service learning project

This is optional.  You can choose to stay longer and complete an internship placement or voluntary service project. Please let us know during the registration process.

A Resume is required to support your application and acceptance cannot be guaranteed. All placements are unpaid and commence with a one day seminar about employment relations and work place protocols and standards.

Participants requesting internships should be studying in the field of their placement or have some previous experience. Because placements are very brief, preference will be given to those with previous related work experience. Placements can be extended up to 12 weeks on a case by case basis.