Spring Semester in New Zealand

Credit: Nick Garrett

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.



2018 Dates

Jan. 25 – April 11, 2018

Tuition: $18,682
Details: Cultural, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Backpacking
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Jan. 25 – April 11, 2018

Tuition: $18,682
Details: Cultural, Backpacking, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, Backpacking
In Progress

Feb. 1 – April 18, 2018

Tuition: $18,682
Details: Cultural, Sea Kayaking, Sailing, Backpacking
In Progress

Feb. 1 – April 18, 2018

Tuition: $18,682
Details: Mountaineering, Backpacking, Sea Kayaking
In Progress


All course information at a glance

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Equipment Deposit
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

Equipment List

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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