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Mahesh Ramani
20 Jul 2015 24.1K 3 mins Share

6 Reasons to consider New Zealand for Studying Hotel Management

This article examines some of the best places to study hotel management, tourism and hospitality courses in New Zealand.

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This is certainly not a great time for Indian cricket and cricket-lovers in New Zealand as the Indian cricket team is being thrashed mercilessly by their Kiwi counterparts. But if you are aspiring to study a hotel management course abroad; you might want to seriously consider New Zealand as an option. Here are some reasons, which favour New Zealand as a great place to study hotel management.
  • Courses are taught in English
  • Peace-loving people with a strong Asian expatriate community
  • Courses are less expensive when compared to the USA and the UK
  • One of the fastest growing tourism destinations
  • Most institutions run and operate restaurants for on-the-job training
  • Excellent opportunities for employment in New Zealand on completion of studies.
This article examines some of the best places to study hotel management, tourism and hospitality courses in New Zealand. Students can either opt to study at a large university offering a hospitality course or choose from dedicated schools of hospitality training.

Auckland University of Technology – AUT

AUT is one of New Zealand’s premier universities and is known for its excellent quality of teaching and state-of-the-art learning facilities. The Department of Hospitality at AUT offers the following courses - Bachelor of International Hospitality Management, Postgraduate Certificate in International Hospitality Management, Postgraduate Diploma in International Hospitality Management, Master of International Hospitality Management, Master of Philosophy and the coveted Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The Bachelor of International Hospitality Management (BIHM) is the only specialised hospitality management degree in the New Zealand university sector. It is widely recognised in the industry and acclaimed by the country's top hospitality operators. 'Four Seasons' is AUT University’s premier fine dining restaurant. It offers classic New Zealand cuisine and is staffed by AUT students.
'Piko' is AUT University's bistro restaurant, offering fresh, modern cuisine and staffed by AUT students.

University of Waikato

The University of Waikato sits in the top 2% of the world's 17,000 universities and is ranked 46th in the world for universities under 50 years old. Waikato offers two undergraduate degrees - Bachelor of Management Studies and Bachelor of Tourism. The courses include modules on - food and beverage management, accommodation management, tourism and hospitality law, tourism and hospitality control and decision-making, entrepreneurship in tourism and hospitality, and hospitality operations management.

University of Otago

The University of Otago offers a minor in ‘Hospitality’. This can be taken by students who are studying the Bachelor of Tourism course and useful for students who wish to join the hospitality/hotel-management industry. The minor will also be of interest to students enrolled in other degree programmes, as it provides an introduction to business operations in the tourism sector that is the world's largest employer.

Pacific International Hotel Management School – PIHMS

PIHMS is based out of New Plymouth a popular tourist destination, which offers visitors the chance to snowboard, ski, water ski and surf all in the same day.  PIHMS offers the following courses -  International Diploma in Hotel Management, Bachelor of Applied Hospitality & Tourism Management and Postgraduate Diploma in Hotel Management. PIHMS is dedicated to the hospitality industry in further building the standards of hospitality management within New Zealand and globally. It operates as a co-operative venture between the hospitality industry and higher education institutions. Students also get to work on paid industry placements to secure real-time work experience.


NZMA has multiple campuses in New Zealand and offers diplomas across learning levels in hospitality management and cookery. These courses are very popular among international students and combine training in hospitality, cookery and business training, in small classes taught by industry-experienced tutors. The Phoenix Program is a special student support initiative. This is essentially a series of presentations and seminars on improving wellbeing, communication skills, independent living and creating a positive outlook on life. 
This is just a small list of some of the popular options available for students aspiring to study hospitality/hotel management in New Zealand. Please visit the New Zealand webpage for a comprehensive list of institutions to pick a course matching your requirements. 
One of the best advantages of studying in New Zealand is that on successful graduation; you can apply for a work-permit with a validity of 12 months. In this one-year period you can try your luck in finding a good relevant job. So if you are really serious about studying world-recognised hospitality management courses in a beautiful country with an amazing landscape; apply to an institution in New Zealand!

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