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Most study abroad students travel after their programs are over, but our National Expedition kicks off your adventure by introducing you to New Zealand and exposing you to the country’s dynamic human and geographic terrain.
You’ll visit the South Island high country, debate the pros and cons of being the world’s largest dairy producer, and explore volcanoes and geothermal areas. You will gain an understanding of the intricate relationships between agricultural and environmental issues in New Zealand and how these shape the everyday lives of Kiwis and the country as a whole. Throughout the expedition, you will benefit from on-the-ground expertise provided by Massey’s academic staff.
Your expedition begins in Queenstown and travels through the spectacular scenery of the South Island. Destinations include the historic 100,000-acre high country sheep station on Mt. Nicholas, spectacular South Island national parks and alpine areas, the garden city of Christchurch, beautiful Saint Arnaud, the wine region around Blenheim, and finally to the port city of Picton where you will board the ferry to cross the Cook Strait.
The exploration of New Zealand continues as we travel across the North Island. Agricultural, environmental, and wildlife management issues will remain our focus as we stop in the capital city of Wellington, the volcanic region of Tongariro National Park, traverse the dairy-rich Manawatu region, and canvas the cultural centre of Taupo. The expedition finishes in Hawke’s Bay, where you will stay for your Internship.
A&E National Expedition itinerary - 2017.pdf (408 KB)
The final itinerary is subject to change.
You will earn academic credit through Special Topic: National Expedition. Assessment of the 150 learning hours will be based on Case Study 1 (20%), Case Study 2 (25%), Case Study 3 (25%), and a portfolio (30%) which examine a range of issues around agriculture and the environment.
A&E National Expedition Academic Guide.pdf (456 KB)
Students who successfully complete the National Expedition will be able to:
Massey University's agricultural program is ranked 27th in the world and 3rd in the Southern Hemisphere in the QS 2017 World University subject rankings.
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Last updated on Wednesday 10 May 2017