So you have decided to head to New Zealand for higher studies. Obviously you would want to make the most of your time there by exploring the countryside in between semesters. Here are some things you just shouldn’t miss seeing and doing in the country:
The city of Rotorua is characterised by a steaming, hissing landscape complete with exploding geysers. The natural geothermal complexes and the hot mud pools are worth a visit. The Frying Pan Lake near Rotorua is the world's largest hot water spring. You can also experience Rotorua’s forest trails on a mountain bike.
Auckland offers plenty of sunshine and warmth, which most Indian students find quite inviting! So what can you do on student’s budget in Auckland? Quite a lot actually. Try and get a panoramic view from the top of the Sky Tower, the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere; or take a hike through the Waitakere forests; or go bungeejumping off the Auckland Harbour Bridge or swim with the dolphins. During semester breaks, you can plan a getaway with your roommates to Waiheke Island or Great Barrier Island.
The city of Hamilton is famous for its parks and river walkways. If you are an outdoor person, you will find plenty of activities here- skiing, whitewater rafting, hiking, climbing, kayaking are just a few. You could explore the Waitomo Caves or visit the remnants of Hobbiton, the hobbit village created for the Lord of the Ring’s movie trilogy. You can participate in a guided tour and find out how the set was created for the movie.
Christchurch offers some of the most amazing rock climbing opportunities in the world. You can also go on wildlife cruises at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and see if you can spot the New Zealand kiwi bird. Surfing at Taylor's Mistake and tramping at Arthurs Pass are some other things you could do.
With so much natural beauty around you, you will find plenty to see and do during your study period in New Zealand. You can even try rugby or netball in New Zealand, the home of both these sports; Explore the Maori and Pacific culture by visiting a local marae (Maori meeting house).
The International student centres at most of the universities in New Zealand usually arrange for plenty of activities that allow you to meet other students while doing something fun or visiting a great tourist attraction, often at a discounted price.