New Zealand

New Zealand – The Land of the Long White Cloud

New Zealand is a place of adventure and invention and is home to a race of warm, friendly people who exhibit a modest spirit of independence and resourcefulness. New Zealanders (also known as Kiwi’s, in reference to their flightless, native bird) have fused the food, fashions and lifestyles of other Pacific Rim nations with their indigenous Maori and ancestral European cultures to create a unique Kiwi identity.

Situated in the South Western Pacific Ocean and being Island Country with two main islands which are North Island and South Island with numerous smaller islands and Wellington being the Capital of New Zealand. Because New Zealand is so isolated from everyone the country has vary precious and untouched environment such as distinctive fauna which is dominated by birds and mammals.

New Zealand is about two thousand kilometres south of Australia across the Tasman Sea, with neighbours such as Fiji, Tonga, and New Caledonia. Elizabeth II is the Queen of New Zealand and is the country’s head of state with representation by a ceremonial Governor General with political power being held by Prime Minister who is head of Government.

The population is only 4.3 million which are mostly European descendents and Indigenous Maori being the largest minority, the mostly common spoken language is English.

If we look back in history the first settlers were Eastern Polynesians who went to New Zealand between around 700 and 2000 years ago with development of distinct culture now known as Maori and the first Europeans reaching its shores in 1642 by the Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman and his crew, but Captain James Cook has a greater meaning due to being the first to map almost the entire coastline with his voyage in 1768 – 71.

New Zealand has its own Indigenous Maori name being the Aotearoa where if you translate it in English it has a meaning of being The Land of Long White Cloud. Now New Zealand cities are ranked amongst being the world most liveable and being rank highly in international comparison of human development because of peace, prosperity, life expectancy, economic freedom and lack of corruption being just the few.

With International trade shows being popular in New Zealand where conferences, industry events, products and service are presented by New Zealand companies. Some of the few upcoming events are, Aus Biotech 2009 October 27-30 being known as the premier biotechnological conference for the Asia Pacific region, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 29 Oct – 2 November 2009 known as the world largest boat show.

Facts about New Zealand


New Zealand has a population of 4.028 million, and a land area of 268,680 square kilometres. The highest point is Mount Cook or Mount Aoraki which is 3754 metres above sea level.

The official languages of New Zealand are; English, Maori and New Zealand Sign Language. The ethnic of New Zealand are made up of 67.6% European, 4.6% Maori, 6.9% Pacific peoples and 9.2% of Asian.

The capital city is Wellington with Auckland nominated as the largest state of New Zealand. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, and the head of government is called Prime Minister.


New Zealand is a relatively small country located in the South Pacific Ocean. It consists of two main islands; the North Island and the South Island. There are small islands such as Stewart Island and other smaller islands.

More than one thousand years ago, the first contact with the European was with the Dutch navigator Abel Tasman who visited New Zealand (or Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand) in 1642. British explorer James Cook visited New Zealand in 1769, 1773 and 1777 respectively.

The Europeans’ settlement made their living by hunting seals and whales, by working as traders and missionaries. From 1840 onwards, there are more and more well organised European settlements.

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Public Holidays

On Christmas Day, Easter Friday, Easter Sunday and ANZAC Day most organisations such as government departments and services, businesses, shops and restaurant are closed.

The calendar for 2009 Public Holidays is as follows:

Date               Events
1. January      New Year’s  Day
2. January      New Year’s Holiday
6. February    Waitangi Day
10. April          Good Friday
13. April          Easter Monday
25. April          ANZAC Day
1.  June          Queen’s Birthday
26. October    Labour Day
25. December Christmas Day
26. December Boxing Day


In New Zealand, July is the coldest month whereas January and February are the warmest months. The climate changes and varies little between summer and winter with gradually varies up to fourteen degrees Celsius as it moves from inland to the east of the mountain ranges.

New Zealand’s summer months are December, January and February. The average temperatures are:

  • Auckland   Low (° C)  12  - High (° C) 24
  • Wellington   Low (° C)   13  - High (° C) 20
  • Christchurch   Low (° C)  12 -  High (° C) 22

New Zealand’s winter months are June, July and August. The average temperatures are:

Auckland Low (° C)  9  -  High (° C) 15
Wellington Low (° C)   6 -  High (° C)  12
Christchurch Low (° C)   3  - High (° C)  12

The popular term for New Zealand weather is ‘four seasons in one day’.

Recommended Clothing

In summer, you need light jacket or sweater. If you are visiting higher altitudes, you may need to bring a light rainproof jacket or coat. In winter, you need warm winter garments and layer your clothing.

Daylight Savings

According to The Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealand, the Daylight Savings commences on the last Sunday in September, when 2:00 am becomes 3:00 am, and ends on the first Sunday in April the following year, when 3:00 am becomes 2:00 am.

For 2009,

  • Daylight Saving ended on Sunday 5 April 2009 (when clocks went back one hour).
  • It begins again on Sunday 27 September 2009 (when clocks go forward one hour). (The Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealand).

Making Phone Calls

New Zealand local phone numbers have seven digits. Area codes consist of two digits, the first is zero. When calling another region from within New Zealand, first dial these two area digits then dial the phone number.

Emergency call (police, fire, ambulance)        111 (free)
Outside caller’s region                                   charged
Number starting 0800 or 0508                      free
0900 numbers                                               charged by the minute

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Area     -  Calling code
Northland/Auckland   -  09
Waikato/Bay of Plenty  -  07
Central North Island   -  06
Wellington/Kapiti  -  04
South Island and Stewart Island  -  03

Cheap phone cards and prepaid calling cards are available at any outlet of New Zealand stores, for more information on international calling rate, contact us.

New Zealand Places

Queenstown New Zealand
Picturesque Queenstown is one of pristine towns in New Zealand where hundreds of tourists throng each year to take part in skiing activities and mountaineering. The town in the South Island is flanked by Lake Wakatipu and Southern Alps. The saw-toothed Remarkables mountain range overlooks this town that is renowned for being the four-season alpine and lake resort.

Canterbury New Zealand
The region of Canterbury is the largest province in New Zealand that comprises of plains and mountains. The Southern Alps goes through it in the West while Conway River flows in the North. River Waitaki also flows through it in the South. Rich soil has made the region just right for agriculture and sustainable forestry. However, you can also find migrants being hired for construction work, heavy industrial tasks, fishery, and hydropower projects. The recruitment of international workers is based on the new Skill Hub rule. Dairy farming is also a lucrative profession here.

Christchurch New Zealand

Christchurch, situated in South Island is the third largest city in New Zealand. It is surrounded by Banks Peninsula in the north, hills and Canterbury province in the remaining region. The Avon River flows through it, making the place rich in minerals. No wonder, the city is known as the Garden City of New Zealand with nearly 700 parks. Many educational institutes thrive in this region, especially those that specializes in outdoor education. From skiing expedition to hiking, biking, and mountaineering, the youngsters take the pleasure of traveling the region as well.

Dunedin New Zealand

Situated in the Otago region, Dunedin is harbor city with historical, geographical, and cultural brilliance. It is the second largest city in South Island and surrounded by Harbor of Otago at one end, hills, and extinct volcano on the other end. Known for wineries, breweries, and farming, the town is picturesque, natural, yet commercially quite active. The harbor has initiated maritime activities to various parts of the world. The oldest city is also well known for its educational activities.

Nelson New Zealand

The second oldest city, Nelson is situated quite close to Richmond at Tasman Bay. It was christened after Admiral Nelson who defeated foreign invaders, French and Spanish army centuries back. Historically and culturally quite well known, Nelson is also noted for its industrial activities in aviation and engineering. It is also commercially popular in four major subjects, namely horticulture, forestry, tourism, and seafood culinary.

Napier New Zealand
Napier, along with Hastings, are known as Twin Cities of New Zealand. It is one of the growing centers of wine and fruit production. Located at the Hawke’s Bay, Napier exports apples, stone fruits, pears, wool, and high quality wine. The town is also a great spot for tourists. Thousands of visitors visit the place in February to take part in Art Deco Weekend event. Other events include Winery show at Green Meadows and Mission Estate Concert at Missions Estate. Just few hundred km from the capital city Wellington, Napier is yet another important satellite town of New Zealand. Metal works, food, beverages, textile, and craftwork are some of the industries thriving in this region.

Hamilton New Zealand

Hamilton is the fourth largest city in New Zealand. The urban area is situated in the Waikato Region of North Island. Waikato River passes through this area, giving rise to agro-based industries. Although the climate is temperate, the environment in Hamilton has always been damp due to the swampy areas. Many lakes have come up in recent times, such as Lake Rotoroa, Lake Taupo, and series of smaller lakes. Farming, agriculture, tourism, and small scale businesses have come up in the area.

Auckland New Zealand

Auckland is situated in North Island and markedly defined by the land in between Hauraki Gulf, Hunua Range, and Manukau Harbor. The urban area is the center for commercial and business prospect, primarily because of its proximity with Manukau Harbor on the Tasman Sea and Waitemata Harbor on the Pacific Ocean. Apart from business activities, thousands of tourists visit each year to cruise in luxury yachts or indulge in sea sports. Education is a lucrative revenue earning option for this area as well.

New Zealand: a place to stay and study

From rolling green farmland to majestic snow-covered mountains, with numerous rare species of flora and fauna and a mild climate: is the offer too enticing?

Yes, it is. The over four million New Zealanders are proud to offer anyone who chooses this beautiful Asia-Pacific country as a destination to enhance study. That is not their all as it comes to the high quality education and training apparatus.

Once you are there, you have the opportunities to study in an internationally recognized education system which is based on the British model. Also this means study exchanges between institutions in New Zealand and other English-speaking countries are completely promising.

New Zealand - one of the best places to study

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Entry requirements

Students must also satisfy any course prerequisites, and have a minimum academic IELTS English score. Visa Requirements

Prospective students will need a Student Visa to study in New Zealand and this needs to be obtained prior to departing to New Zealand.

It may take between 1 and six weeks to process a student visa.

Prospective students will need to have paid their tuition fees and received an “Offer of Place Letter” from us before seeking a student visa.

Students travelling to New Zealand must also have comprehensive medical and travel insurance.

Students need to budget for living cost approximately NZD$ 300,00 per week.

Insurance cover must match the expiry of the student visa. Students are also encouraged to have insurance to cover any personal effects or belongings.

Discover New Zealand


Auckland is the place to be with trendy shopping spots to the coastal experience in Devonport. Visitors get to experience scenic beauty from the Peaks of Mount Eden and Mount Hobson. Or alternatively, you might choose to the scenery as a backdrop for a nice picnic or even as a satisfying walking trail amidst natural splendour.Canterbury Plains

This place encapsulates all the wild natural beauty that New Zealand has to offer. This area is home to the ever popular Mount Hutt ski field. Aside from this, the area is perfect for fishing and there is also a biking trail. If you wish t take to the air, then the hot air balloon will give you a panoramic view.Larnach Castle

New Zealand’s only castle is situated on the Otago peninsula and it is a mark of European craftsmanship and was completed in 1871. The ornate interior contains forty-three rooms and a large ballroom. It is a local tourist attraction and a piece of history to absorb.

New Zealand Video

New Zealand Cost of Living

  • New Zealand Cost of Living

    The cost of living is comparable to that of Australia and less than in Britain. For more information, please contact our team!

    Our service helps to calculate the living cost for the student studying in New Zealand on their behalf and according to their wishes.

New Zealand Insurance

All international students are required by a Code of Practice to have New Zealand travel and medical insurance when considering study in a New Zealand institution. This can be arranged prior to arrival in New Zealand.

New Zealand Insurance Company - New Zealand insurance providers

For information regarding Insurance Companies please contact us here.

New Zealand Health Insurance - Medical Insurance

Your medical insurance contribution is called a premium which can be claimed from a insurance provider when medical treatment is required.
UK and Australian students are entitled to publicly funded urgent medical treatment but they will be required to cover the costs for other types of treatment. Other international students are required to cover themselves for all types of medical treatment whilst they are in New Zealand.
Medical treatment required for accident cases are covered by a national 24-hour, 7-day no-fault accident compensation scheme which makes provisions for subsidised treatment but denies the recipient recourse to legal procedure.

New Zealand Car Insurance - Vehicle Insurance

All vehicle drivers in New Zealand are advised to take out "third party insurance" for any damage or injury they may cause to others

New Zealand Phone

Telephone, email and mail communication

Most public booths in New Zealand accept credit cards but only a few accept coins.
Calls to emergency services on 111 are free
The country code is 64.
Local telephone numbers have seven digits.
Calls starting with 0800 are free.
Dial 00 before the country code for calls outside of New Zealand.
Please also visit the Yellow pages and White Pages online :
White Pages (alphabetical listings)
Yellow Pages (business category listings).
Toll bars
Some residential telephone numbers in New Zealand may have "toll bars" attached to them due to some home stay students studying in New Zealand making overseas calls and not accounting for them.

Mobile Phone
The services available to international students include global roaming, purchasing a prepay account or setting up an account with Vodafone or Telecom New Zealand after their arrival into the country.

Prepay phone cards
These are available at most newsagents and public stations. They are very cheap and easy to carry and this makes them very popular with international students.

Stamps are available at supermarkets, newsagents and stations. New Zealand is open for business Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm. International students should note that mail is directly delivered to the street address.

Email may be available in student computer labs, cyber cafes or public libraries as a service at a cost.

Courier services are efficient and they allow for the tracking of items sent locally or internationally.

This may be available at your local institution at no cost to you. Sending faxes otherwise may be extremely expensive for international students.

New Zealand Rental

New Zealand Rental

New Zealand accommodation is one of the lucrative privileges offered to students studying in New Zealand. Each New Zealand hotel is of the highest quality. Moreover, they are located close to the student's study location for convenience.

Your Options

Halls of Residence/Student Hostels

Usually located on campus or nearby with single or twin rooms
Meals are shared in a communal dining hall
Residents are often supervised by hostel warden
Cost around $200 per week

Home stay/Private Accommodation

Own room provided
Meals are provided by the host family

Family environment

Cost around $180 per week plus administration fee (around $150)

Flatting/Shared Accommodation

Sharing a room or house with other people
A bond must be signed between the tenant and landlord or real estate agent
You have greater independence but a certain degree of maturity is required
You will need to cooperate with fellow tenants
Cost around $120

New Zealand Shopping

New Zealand Shopping

New Zealand is a mecca for trendy and fashionable international and local shops and offers consumers a world of luxury and comfort that many New Zealanders have come to expect.

Business hours

Opening hours are normally 9.00am to 5.00pm from Monday to Friday.

Shopping guide

Shopping in New Zealand can be lots of fun. You just have to know where to go! In addition to newspaper advertisements, international students should be aware that some New Zealand travel and tourism websites like the one for Wellington city has retail search functions as well.

Fruits and vegetables

New Zealand has an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. People visiting the countryside will often find farm produce on sale at the farm gates.

The dairy industry

The dairy industry is New Zealand's national industry and a major direct and indirect source of employment and income for many New Zealanders.

Consumer rights

For more information about your rights as a consumer, please contact us.

New Zealand Language


New Zealand Language - National identity and language

Bi-culturalism is an integral part of New Zealand life as a means of realising the aims set out in the Treaty of Waitangi that was signed in 1840. The other major influences are the Asian and Pacific cultures which have made a valuable contribution to New Zealand life.

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