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Jess Zibung

Jess moved from New Zealand to Melbourne to pursue communications. She is now studying at The University of Melbourne with her copywriting career at IDP

Virtual Ways to Explore Study in New Zealand

If you’re thinking of studying in New Zealand but want to discover the real local experience, a virtual tour is a great way to get an interactive insight into New Zealand culture, education facilities and lifestyle from your own home.

To help you explore all that studying in New Zealand offers, we’ve compiled a list of virtual tours and videos.

Explore study in Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city located on the North Island, blending an urban and city lifestyle with the lush green countryside and suburbs the nation is known for.

Auckland is also one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, making it a popular and safe destination for international students.

To explore more of Auckland’s iconic sites, you can check out Auckland Live’s 3D virtual tours of various landmark CBD venues, the Auckland Museum’s Virtual Tours and Auckland Zoo webcams.

You can also check out the 100% Pure New Zealand’s Spotlight: Auckland channel on YouTube and our Student’s guide to living in Auckland.

Take a University of Auckland campus tour 

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s top-ranked university known for its academic excellence.

You can download the University of Auckland Campus Tour app or view more videos on the University of Auckland YouTube channel.

Go on an Auckland University of Technology (AUT) campus tour

AUT is known to be at the cutting edge of innovation as New Zealand’s number 1 university for global research impact and international outlook in 2020.

You can also take an interactive virtual tour of the campus or view more videos on the Auckland University of Technology YouTube channel.

Explore study in Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city and home to the ‘Beehive’, New Zealand’s parliament.

Wellington is also known as the creative capital of New Zealand with with a strong portfolio of creative arts programs such as design, film, fine arts and music.

To explore more of Wellington, you can download the Parliament XR app to explore NZ’s iconic ‘beehive’ government building. If you own a pair of VR goggles, you can explore WellTown, Wellington transformed into the world’s first virtual city in a game.

You can also check out 100% Pure New Zealand’s Spotlight: Wellington or the Wellington NZ channel on YouTube and our Student’s guide to living in Wellington.

Explore the Victoria University of Wellington campus

Located in New Zealand’s capital city, Victoria University of Wellington prides itself on a strong reputation for academic excellence and top 1% worldwide across 19 subjects.

You can view more videos on the Victoria University of Wellington YouTube channel.

Virtually visit Massey University

Massey University is an innovative and progressive place to learn. Massey University prides itself on being a ‘University of New Zealand’ with the main Manuwatu Campus is located in Palmerston North, as well as the Wellington and Auckland campus.

You can take virtual tours of its halls of residence, view more videos on the Massey University YouTube channel.

Explore study in Christchurch

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island with a hip and urban up-and-coming food and entertainment culture.

Christchurch is also considered one of the most beautiful cities in New Zealand with a great variety of gardens and parks, a scenic river, a blend of new and historic city architecture and easy-to-navigate transport.

To explore more of Christchurch, check out the 100% Pure New Zealand’s Spotlight: Christchurch channel on YouTube and our Student’s guide to living in Christchurch.

Explore the University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury is ranked in the top 1% worldwide with a 5-star ranking for research and teaching excellence.

You can take a virtual tour of the University of Canterbury campus or halls of residence or view more videos on the University of Canterbury YouTube channel.

Explore study in Dunedin

Dunedin is a scenic small city in the South Island that is known for its natural wonders, reserves, mountains and its very diverse wildlife.

It’s a natural wonderland for students who want to escape an urban and big city lifestyle.

To explore more of Dunedin, check out DunedinNZ’s YouTube channel and our Student’s guide to living in Dunedin.

Discover the scenic University of Otago campus

The University of Otago is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Although the main campus is located in Dunedin, the University of Otago has four other campus locations in Southland, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

You can also take a virtual tour of the recreational facilities or view more videos on the University of Otago YouTube channel.

Explore Hamilton

Hamilton is a small city located within the Waikato region that is known for its close proximity to the most amazing natural wonders of the North Island.

If you love the fresh food, gorgeous landscapes and a quiet lifestyle, Hamilton is a great escape from the fast-paced city lifestyle.

To explore more of Hamilton and the Waikato region, check out WaikatoNZ’s channel on YouTube and our Student’s guide to living in Hamilton.

Take a tour of The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is a progressive and innovative university with a culturally diverse student community and a proud reputation of student satisfaction.

You can view the University of Waikato Virtual Open Day 2020, take a tour of their Tauranga campus and view more videos on the University of Waikato YouTube channel

Explore the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec)

Waikato Institute of Technology is one of New Zealand’s largest polytechnics with six campuses throughout the Waikato region.

You can view more videos on the Wintec YouTube channel.

Explore Middle Earth

Okay, Middle Earth is not an ‘official’ location in New Zealand, however, it’s worth mentioning since the country is famous for its connection to the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.

To explore how New Zealand was transformed into Middle Earth, go behind the scenes to explore 100% Pure New Zealand’s 360-degree tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set.

If you are thinking of making the move to New Zealand, it is not too early to get ahead with your plans. Speak to an IDP counsellor about ways you can get ahead with your study abroad plans.

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