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Chinese students on shores of Lake Tekapo taking selfie

A Kiwi Road Trip

One of the best parts of my job is getting to meet international students and hearing about their experiences as they discover New Zealand.

I recently had the awesome task of taking Cherry and Daisy, the winners of Education New Zealand’s study adventure, on a road trip through the South Island. Cherry and Daisy are Chinese students who are both studying journalism: Cherry at Victoria University in Wellington, and Daisy at Shantou University in China.

Winning the study adventure gave Cherry a chance to spend 10 days showing her friend around New Zealand. Some of the highlights of their trip included meeting international students and lecturers from around the country, getting to watch behind-the scenes-footage from the Lord of the Rings films, and exploring beautiful beaches.

On our seven-hour road trip from Christchurch to Queenstown, the girls were blown away by the turquoise-blue waters of Lake Tekapo, the stunning Southern Alps mountains range, and the lovely soft colours of the tussock in the Mackenzie Basin.

Photo collage of student roadtrips

As a keen skier and mountain biker, I was happy to be able to show Cherry and Daisy around Queenstown, which is the adventure sports capital of New Zealand and one of my favourite places.

Queenstown was a real buzz for Daisy because she’d never seen snow before. The girls later got to experience an even bigger buzz - bungy jumping!

Watch to learn how the mountains can be a classroom as Cherry and Daisy explore beautiful Queenstown.

The girls also visited Queenstown Resort College. We met students from the college on work placements just about everywhere we went in Queenstown, from the bungy jumping company to award-winning Malaysian restaurant Madame Woo (where I recommend the fantastic tiger prawn dumplings).

That mixture of practical and theoretical learning is a big part of the New Zealand style of learning, so it was great for Cherry and Daisy to be able to see it in action.

For me, a rewarding part of the trip was seeing the enjoyment Cherry and Daisy took in meeting a whole bunch of students from different cultures and outlooks. It was also great to see Daisy relaxing into the laid-back New Zealand lifestyle.

Daisy is now exploring her study options in New Zealand, so maybe I’ll see her back in Queenstown one day!


By Euan HowdenDigital Programme Manager

Updated 5 years ago

Euan Howden is International Digital Programme Manager at Education New Zealand. Euan shares useful tips for international students thinking about studying in New Zealand. He also showed our New Zealand study adventure students, Cherry and Daisy, around the South Island.

*Views expressed are the blogger's own
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