Spring Semester in New Zealand

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Spring Semester in New Zealand

Find your leadership style on the South Island

Find your leadership style as you explore mountains, rivers, and the ocean on the Semester in New Zealand. Wake up and smell salt air as you check the wind for sailing and sea kayaking. Listen for the kea mountain parrot, found only in New Zealand, as you hike. You might go to bed listening to wind rustle a broadleaf tree and wake up ready to explore the next turn in the river. Here, you’ll find alpine grasslands, huge snowfields, rainforests, valleys, rugged mountains, and spectacular gorges. To help you get the most out of your time in New Zealand, you’ll take on a variety of outdoor skills that might include sailing, sea kayaking, backpacking, mountaineering, or canoeing. It’s not only about the outdoors—you’ll also learn about New Zealand’s indigenous people, the Maori. You’ll visit a Maori community, where you’ll listen to stories of their history and ways of life and share about yourself, too.

What’s most important about this course will be the leadership opportunities you find. You’ll learn about how you lead and what challenges you. You’ll work with your group to practice decision making, communication, and meeting challenges together. With these challenges, you’ll find out that you can meet whatever life throws your way. This is your opportunity to make deep friendships and grow as a leader in wild places that only a few people ever visit.



2019 Dates

Jan. 24 – April 10, 2019

Tuition: $19,205
Details: Cultural, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Backpacking

Jan. 24 – April 10, 2019

Tuition: $19,205
Details: Cultural, Backpacking, Sailing, Sea Kayaking
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Jan. 31 – April 17, 2019

Tuition: $19,205
Details: Cultural, Sea Kayaking, Sailing, Backpacking


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77 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.

Academic Credit

16 College Credits
  • 3 Risk Assessment
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 4 Leadership Techniques
  • 3 Environmental Studies

2 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 1.00 Physical Education
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Course Description

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Travel and Logistics


Aniseed Valley, New Zealand

Fly in/out

Nelson, New Zealand

Skills learned






Sea Kayaking

Additional Details

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What Our Grads Say

“The semester was life changing to say the least...I learned valuable life skills. I learned how to make important decisions, deal with conflict in a constructive way, give feedback, lead my peers, and many other critical lessons.” 

— Grace R., NOLS Spring Semester in New Zealand grad

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