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What to expect in New Zealand

From hiking across spectacular mountain ranges to wild swimming in pristine waters, the varied topography in New Zealand, the sixth-largest island country in the world, will ensure your study abroad experience here is intriguing and delightful.

This developed country, which was the first to introduce a minimum wage and give women the right to vote, is made up of two large islands, North and South Islands, as well as over 700 smaller islands. With English as one of its official languages (including Maori and New Zealand Sign Language) you will find it easy to communicate with the locals, known as ‘Kiwis’, who are recognised for their hospitality and friendliness.

Immerse yourself in the relaxed outdoor culture of New Zealand, while learning about the rich cultural heritage of the Maori people, who were the first to inhabit this magnificent land.

Where do we operate programs in New Zealand

What type of programs can you do in New Zealand


An island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean east of Australia, New Zealand consists of two landmasses: the North Island and the South Island, as well as hundreds of smaller islands.


Our New Zealand Programs

Shown below are all of our program options for this country. If you can’t find a suitable program then please use the main program finder to continue your search.

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Study in New Zealand (University of Waikato)

Embrace your global citizenship and develop your workplace readiness when you study abroad at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

Study in New Zealand (University of Waikato)

The World Endeavors Study Abroad program in New Zealand takes place at the University of Waikato, an internationally recognised university that excels in teaching excellence and research. This university prides itself on smaller class sizes, better access to lecturers and a wide range of support services and student clubs. From Maori and Indigenous Studies, to Mathematical Sciences and Management, there is a broad range of courses for you.

Every World Endeavors Program Includes

Our international programs are intentionally curated to be comprehensive, and include all that you need to succeed and stay safe abroad.


  • Customized to match your interests and goals
  • Year-round program availability and start dates
  • Flexible durations


  • Variety of options depending on program type – host family, shared apartment/house, student residence
  • Vetted and hand-selected with quality and safety in mind


  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator


  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance


  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support


  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Assistance with resume updates
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network


When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.


New Zealand, with its breathtaking landscapes, outdoor adventures, and rich cultural experiences, offers a variety of things to do in your spare time. Here are some recommendations:

  • Experience Maori Culture: Witness Maori traditions and performances, and attend feasts (hangi).
  • Go Wine Tasting: New Zealand is famous for its wines, especially Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Marlborough and Central Otago are key wine regions.
  • Visit Milford Sound: One of New Zealand’s most famous natural attractions in Fiordland National Park, where you can go cruising or kayaking.
  • Buy Arts & Crafts: Explore local markets and galleries to discover New Zealand’s unique arts and crafts, such as Maori carvings and Pounamu (greenstone) jewelry.

Recent Testimonials

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I didn't feel like I was an intern - I felt like a member of the staff!

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Honestly it was the best semester I’ve ever had. I met so many people and learned so many things. I found a new love for a different country. I would definitely recommend World Endeavors to anyone who wants a life-changing experience!

JenniferStudy in Spain

My advisor at World Endeavors was absolutely excellent! Her expertise and delightful people skills were exactly what sealed the deal, making World Endeavors my final decision for study abroad.

GwenStudy in Czech Republic

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BridgetIntern in Czech Republic

I went into it having high expectations and everything was completely fulfilled. I learned a lot - it was amazing.

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I have to say that what I remember, as much as Thailand's delicious colors and flavours, are the people I crossed paths with – the other students who became such good friends, and the local Thais who showed me such kindness. And of course the food. I still dream of the food.

WhitneyIntern in Costa Rica

Absolutely amazing. I learned so many new things I had never learned before and I'm still in touch with my host family.

New Zealand FAQs

Do I Need a Visa to Travel to New Zealand?

Whether you need a visa to travel to New Zealand depends on your nationality, the type of program you will do, and the duration of your stay. If you’re from a visa-waiver country, you do not need a visa to visit New Zealand for up to three months (or up to six months if you’re from the UK). However, you are required to obtain an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before traveling. Once you apply for a World Endeavors program, our expert advisors will guide you through every step of the visa process, so you won’t have to worry about anything!

When is the Best Time to Travel to New Zealand?

The best time to travel to New Zealand depends on what you want to experience, as the country offers diverse activities throughout the year. New Zealand is located in the Southern Hemisphere, so its seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere, with summer from December to February and winter from June to August. Spring blooms from September to November, while autumn offers vibrant foliage from March to May.

Is it Safe to Travel to New Zealand?

New Zealand is generally considered one of the safest countries for travelers in terms of crime and personal security. The country has a low crime rate, though, as with any destination, it’s always advisable to take standard precautions like not leaving valuables in plain sight in a car and being aware of your surroundings in larger cities at night. New Zealand’s geographical location is prone to natural hazards, including earthquakes, volcanic activity, and severe weather. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with safety procedures for these events before any trip to New Zealand.

How Long Does it Take to Travel Around New Zealand?

Driving non-stop from the top of the North Island (Cape Reinga) to the bottom (Wellington) would take roughly 12 to 15 hours. Going from the top (Picton) to the bottom (Bluff) of the South Island non-stop takes around 12 hours.

Where is New Zealand?

New Zealand is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It has two main landmasses—the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui) and the South Island (Te Waipounamu)—and over 600 smaller islands. To its west is the Tasman Sea, which separates it from Australia, and to the east lies the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. It’s situated approximately 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) southeast of Australia.

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