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You won’t be able to get enough of New Zealand’s active lifestyle while you study in Auckland and explore the city’s one-of- a-kind landscape.

 Climb to Auckland’s highest point on the top of Mount Eden, watch the sailboats glide by in Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf, or visit One Tree Hill, one of the city’s largest and most culturally significant volcanoes. When you need to rest, simply sit back, put your feet up, and take in the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand. For study abroad, Auckland is the place to be.

Study abroad in Auckland make this multicultural city and its dynamic surrounding landscape your classroom.

Programs

Auckland Direct Enrollment - University Of Auckland

Auckland
,
New Zealand
Length: 
Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$20,400
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Auckland Summer Direct Enrollment – University of Auckland Film Production

Auckland
,
New Zealand
Length: 
Summer 2018, Summer 2019
Language prerequisites: 
Non-native English speakers, please see the Application Requirements
Estimated Cost: 
$6,950
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Auckland's Top Five

Climb Rangitoto

Check out this 800-year-old dormant volcano in Auckland’s Harbour, for a scenic 360-degree view of the city.

Visit the Wild Beaches & Black Sands

Enjoy the unique nature of New Zealand’s west coast, including Muriwai and Piha Beach.

Visit One Tree Hill

Learn about Māori fortification while spotting some sheep and viewing the Stardome Observatory.

Eat & Shop at the Auckland Markets

Running from Thursday to Sunday, stop by for a slice of multicultural cuisine and pick up great souvenirs.

Take the Road Less Traveled

Hike 11 different walking trails for a taste of natural New Zealand, only a short trip from downtown!

The Latest from Auckland

Auckland

Rotorua and Cape Reinga

by Cat

A few weekends ago I completed my first half marathon! I had been training for it for a while but I was still nervous when the day finally arrived. The race was around Rotorua and in the Redwoods Forest area. I had heard good things about the Redwoods area, so I was very excited to get to experience this place by running through it all. The race started early, and as my friends and I prepared to run, we heard the announcer say that it is one of the only places in the world you can run a half marathon around an active geothermal area.

When the gun went off, we started. It was a foggy morning and I quickly realized that all of the markers for distance were going to be in kilometers, making this different than all of the 5K races I have done in the past. I also realized that I was not experienced pacing myself for kilometers. We ran up and down hills and through trails, which was my favorite part! It was very pretty, and I was so focused on looking at all of the nature that the run flew by. I also passed a couple of geothermally active spots. As I got closer to the end, the kilometer markers were definitely getting farther and farther apart, but I finished strong with a time of 1:41! I felt very accomplished.

The past weekend, I got to see Cape Reinga, the very tip of the North Island. Besides being very beautiful, as most of New Zealand landscapes are, this place is also significant in Māori culture. It is said to be the place where spirits of people depart once they pass. Additionally, it is the place where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. The Tasman Sea was said to be the calmer female sea, whereas the Pacific Ocean is said to be the rougher male sea. Where they meet, there is a line of waves crashing into each other heading out into the water, perpendicular to the land. This is said to be the creating of life. There is also the iconic lighthouse there, which looks out into the water.

One of the things I love about New Zealand and the culture here is that the land plays a significant role. It is cool to see how the Māori are connected to the land and how New Zealand as a whole puts such a large emphasis on protecting the land. You could fell Cape Reinga was a special place. I’m glad I was able to experience it.

We visited the Te Paki sand dunes as well, where I tried sand dune surfing for the first time. This was definitely a highlight. My friends and I took turns racing down the dunes and everybody left completely covered in sand.

This study abroad experience has taught me to pay more attention to my surroundings and really take in the land. Each new place I visit in New Zealand is so unique, and the landscapes are all so different and amazing. Whether running a race or taking a hike, I hope when I return to the United States I will still remember to stop and really take in what is around me.

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Auckland

Hiking the Abel Tasman: Mid Semester Break Part II

by Cat

For the second week of mid-semester break some friends and I headed down to the South Island for another adventure. We all had the goal of hiking one of the great walks of New Zealand entirely, so we took on the Abel Tasman trail.

This was a backpacking trip of 60 km. I had never been on a backpacking trip before, but came to New Zealand with a backpacking bag and full intentions of doing some trips. It took us four days and three nights. Throughout the whole thing we got to walk up in forest areas and down on the golden beaches. It was an interesting juxtaposition of landscapes, but it allowed us to see many cool scenic views.

One of the days we passed the campsite Bark Bay, and some of the locals we met along the trail showed us how to find mussels growing on the rocks. They also showed us how to cook them, and they were actually pretty good.

Throughout the trip we had to carefully time our walks with the tides. There were several areas where we could only cross during the low tides. This added an extra challenge to the trip, but in my opinion made it even better. We woke up at 4 a.m. to get to one of the tidal crossings. This had us going over the sandy low-tide area right as the sun was rising. It was an amazing view.

On the last day of hiking, two friends and I split from the group to detour up to a peak called separation point. From there it was said you could see several seas meeting. When we got there it was beautiful and we were able to spot some seals swimming!

I loved this backpacking trip. It was very rewarding being able to walk an entire trail with everything I needed on my back. I definitely plan to continue backpacking in the future.

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How to Save Money While You’re Studying Abroad

Don’t let finances hold you back from thoroughly enjoying your study abroad experience! Take notes from alumni on how to save money while studying abroad.

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“This was by far the best experience of my life.  This program allowed me to make friends that will last a lifetime, learn about a new country and learn more about myself than I would have ever learned staying in the U.S.” 

Danielle W. (Auckland - University of Auckland)