Seeing our New Zealand students share photos from their semester abroad, we can’t help but think that it’s possibly one of the world’s most “Instagramable” countries. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites so you too can see why you should study abroad in New Zealand.
1. You can camp at the foot of snowcapped mountains by pristine lakes
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2. And stargaze where the stars shine the brightest
3. Because your weekend looks like this…
4. And THIS…
5. Studying looks like this…
6. Because of LOTR. Enough said.
7. Because hiking looks like this…
Hiking to beautiful Piha Beach on Auckland’s west coast. The black iron sand is from the eruption of Taupo about 26,500 years ago. Piha is known as one of the best spots in NZ for experienced surfers. Safety tip: There are strong currents at Piha – only swim between the flags. Great pic by @annabarger_ UMass Amherst who is studying abroad in Auckland. #TEANabroad #Piha #Auckland #TEANauckland
8. And this…
Except the Kiwis don’t call it hiking, it’s “tramping”
The Tongariro Northern Circuit – my 2nd (and 3/4) great walk. Started our 21.something km walk at 3:30 PM and got to our hut at 10:something PM. What a walk. The Tongariro National Park was declared a World Heritage site in 1990 and the first national park in New Zealand with most recent volcano eruptions in 2012!
9. the campuses are as beautiful as the landscapes
10. even in the biggest NZ city you’re still close to nature
“One of my favorite things about Auckland is the amount of beautiful parks. Just a walks away, you can get the most stunning views (check out that SkyTower!!). It’s great to have the busyness and thrill of a major metropolitan city, while also having stretches of nature to escape to and wander in. Mt. Eden was my favorite place to run to, admire its massive crater, and catch the most amazing sunsets over the skyline.” Photo by @lolegorrec who is hosting an Instagram takeover on our account this week, showcasing her semester in New Zealand. #TEANabroad
11. because it’s not just about the mountains
You’ll find out that the beaches are just as beautiful
And even when you’re at the beach… you’re never too far from a mountain
12. Because the locals are the friendliest people you’ll ever meet
Who accept and embrace diversity
13. you’ll face your fears and have the courage to conquer them
14. And it will be the best 5 months of your life that you’ll never want to forget.
“New Zealand has been so much more than just a semester abroad. With each journey, I can truly say that I’ve had an eye-opening experience that’s expanded my view on the world. Time somehow moves the slowest and fastest here, and these past 5 months have flown by but have left an enormous impact on my life. Majority of this I attribute to the people I’ve met along the way, to whom I owe everything and some Cadbury chocolate too. The rest gets credited to the absolutely stunning country of New Zealand; Mother Nature definitely did not skimp out here. Taken at Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk).” Photo by @lolegorrec who just hosted an Instagram takeover on our account this past week, showcasing her semester in New Zealand. #TEANabroad