This flagship program reflects the beauty, wonder and adventure of the youngest country on earth.  An experience of a lifetime.

This program is now closed for 2018.

This is an open entry 14 day educational and adventure study tour in the South Island of New Zealand.  Can be followed with optional voluntary service project.

Starts Monday 11 June 2018 (New Zealand winter)

This program is available for faculty led initiatives all year.


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 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 Christchurch 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.

Service learning project

This is optional.  You can choose to stay longer and complete a voluntary service project. They are primarily in environmental fields.

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 volunteering and work place protocols and standards.