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Study Abroad in New Zealand with Greenheart Travel

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Spend an amazing trimester, semester, or year studying abroad as an exchange student in New Zealand. Dive headfirst into a friendly culture that inspires adventure. As a student abroad, you will live with a host family, attend a local high school, and have a full immersion experience that will make you stand out on college applications.

Program at a glance:

-- Host family accommodation provides full cultural immersion

-- No foreign language experience required — they speak English!

-- Program fee includes accommodation, tuition, and so much more!

-- Multiple cultural or outdoor activities per semester

-- Straightforward online application process

Program Highlights

Choose a 3-month, semester, or academic year program that fits your schedule.

Stay in a host family accommodation, with meals included in the program fee.

Receive assistance from a personal program manager before, during, and after your program abroad.

Benefit from pre-departure and arrival orientations included in the program.

Guarantee comprehensive medical/accident insurance.

1 Program Review

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My son studied in New Zealand with Greenheart

Bonnie Green - United States

Our son - age 15 - traveled with Greenheart study abroad for the second semester of his sophomore year of high school. He was aboard for 6 months and had the MOST AMAZING experience. While we got to live vicariously thru his photos and phone calls...my husband and I were experiencing an empty...

Program Details

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New Zealand

Focus Areas

Experiential Learning

Language Immersion

Student Exchange

Program Duration

7-12 Months

Year(s) Offered

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Tuition & Fees

Accommodation / Housing for Program Duration

Weekday Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Welcome Dinner

Airport Transfer (Pick-Up)

Airport Transfer (Drop-Off)

In-Country Orientation

Cultural Training / Program / Orientation

Textbooks / Reading Materials

Certificate of Completion

Language Skills Required

Accepted education levels.

Some high school, no diploma

Online Application

Physical Exam/Health Records

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out all the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

I have already graduated from high school, am I still eligible?

On a case-by-case basis, we accept graduates for High School programs in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand , and England.

Will someone pick me up at the airport?

Yes! Our in-country partner staff or your host family will be eagerly waiting for your arrival! They’ll then take you to your new host town.

Can I choose where I will be placed with my host family?

No. All students going to New Zealand will be placed in Rotorua.

See what the program experience is truly like!

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In New Zealand, Experiencing the Miracle of Flight Anew

The country's domestic airlines play a crucial role in connectivity. But for the casual flier, even the journey is captivating.

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By Natasha Frost

The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. This week’s issue is written by Natasha Frost, a reporter based in Melbourne.

The other week, approximately 32 years into my career as a seasoned flier, I experienced air travel as if for the very first time — the flight of angels, of billionaires, of dreams. (It was still in coach class.)

On a recent reporting trip in New Zealand, I arranged to spend the weekend visiting an old friend who now lives near Havelock, a town of around 600 people at the top of the country’s South Island, about 50 miles due west of Wellington, where I was traveling from.

With the Cook Strait between New Zealand’s North and South Islands in the way, the easiest option was to take a domestic flight — one of hundreds that zip across the country every day.

Flying domestically in New Zealand is only marginally more rigorous than boarding a bus. If you don’t have baggage to check in, you may walk through the airport doors half an hour before your flight departs. No one will check your ID at any point, and you don’t even need to show your boarding pass to pass through security, which usually takes a minute or two, with no limits on liquids. In some smaller airports, there is no security at all.

To get to Havelock, I booked a seat on a flight run not by Air New Zealand, the national airline, but by Sounds Air, one of the country’s far smaller “regional carriers,” of which there are around half a dozen.

Departing Sounds Air from Wellington, you bypass security screenings altogether. Your ticket to ride is little more than a reusable piece of green laminated paper that reads “Boarding Pass to Blenheim.” Checking in a bag? They sling it into the back of the nine-seat plane. And don’t bother going to the carousel on arrival. It’ll be handed to you as you get off.

The lack of rigmarole is entirely intentional, with some frequent fliers purchasing 10-trip tickets for regular hops across the strait, said Andrew Crawford, the airline’s chief executive.

“That is our point of difference,” he said. “This is what people like.”

The airline was founded in 1986, with a single nine-seater Cessna Caravan ferrying people to the Marlborough Sounds. It now has 10 planes — the largest of their crafts seats 12 — and carries about 120,000 people a year, mostly on routes where there is no alternative, other than the road.

Some passengers are commuters. Others are tourists. And then there are those who live in rural areas and require specialist medical attention in larger cities. “If you’re going for cancer treatment or day surgery, stuff like that,” he said. “That’s a big part of our business.”

These small airlines play a crucial role in helping New Zealanders get around a country that has an extremely limited rail network, and where many people live far from essential services.

But it was the flight itself that captivated me.

Under normal circumstances, elbow-to-elbow with strangers, the majesty of flying is somewhat displaced by the discomfort of being inside a pressurized metal tube, and you easily forget that you are thousands of feet in the air. (Some people prefer to forget that.)

But at roughly 6,500 feet, low and slow enough to see wind turbines and craggy hills unfold before us, as if flying in a dream, the miracle of flight seemed uncommonly … miraculous.

The wind whistled past the cabin, and I could see into the cockpit, over the shoulder of the solo pilot and out the windscreen. As we came into land through the vineyards that the region is known for, the grapes were almost visible on the vine. It wasn’t hard to imagine myself as some early aviatrix, and I struggled to keep a grin off my face.

All in all, I told my waiting host, it was an experience exactly halfway between riding in a minivan and traveling on a private jet.

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12 Days and Counting; Reflections on How Studying in New Zealand Was Different than Expected

12 Days and Counting; Reflections on How Studying in New Zealand Was Different than Expected

by Paige Diller, CCI Greenheart Travel High School Abroad Participant in New Zealand

My stay here has resulted in being much different than I expected. When I left the States, I expected more of a vacation for 4 months than anything. Though I’ve been to many exciting places and seen many beautiful views, these four months have been an experience of meeting new people and building friendships. The family and friends that I’ve met here have proven to be the most important part of my stay.

For anyone that is considering traveling abroad, or preparing to travel, you should prepare yourself not for a vacation, but for a normal life, with the excitement being meeting new people from all over the world, learning about them, understanding their perspectives and personalities, and appreciating them for the heritage and culture they live in. I can say from my experience, that though it’s definitely been hard a points, meeting new people from all over the world (in my experience: Japan, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, England, etc) has been wonderful. I surprised myself by how fast I was able to make friends, and have really enjoyed the time I’ve been able to spend with them.

I’ve also found it to be a wonderful experience to live with a host family. This also comes with it’s difficult times, but once you start to know them, and spend more and more time with them, you’ll start to really love and appreciate them more then you ever thought you would.

With only a week and a half left, I’ll start packing soon and saying my goodbyes. The rest of this week we will have a few more field trips, tomorrow’s trip (weather permitting) will be a surfing lesson. In the past week or so we’ve been kayaking and sailing on the Wellington Harbor, visited a bird sanctuary, fed chicken legs to pet eels, been to the beach (a few times), went swimming, and many more things.

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