• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland
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      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.

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      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.

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      Waikato

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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.

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      Whanganui

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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.

      Manawatu

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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.

      Northland

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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.

      Auckland

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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.

      Gisborne

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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.

      Taranaki

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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 

      Wellington

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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.

      Canterbury

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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.

      Otago

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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.

      Marlborough

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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.

      Southland

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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.

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Why study in the Bay of Plenty

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Bay of Plenty is found on the east coast of Aotearoa, New Zealand’s North Island. It is home to idyllic, friendly towns and cities and is spread along 125-kilometres of glorious white sandy beaches. Although the views and beaches are pretty phenomenal by themselves, as the name suggests, there is plenty more to the area than just that.

The coastal Bay of Plenty is full of cultural and historical significance. Maori culture is evident throughout the region with sacred spots such as Mauao (Mount Maunganui), the Papamoa Hills and Maketu.

In 1769, Captain James Cook named the region the ‘Bay of Plenty’. Captain Cook was referring to the region’s welcoming people and abundant resources.

There are excellent universities in the Bay of Plenty, with fantastic teachers and a wide range of institutions. It makes the Bay of Plenty a great choice for international students. Te Whare Wānaga o Awanuiārangi, Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and the University of Waikato have developed a partnership together, so now provide many different pathways to education. Due to this they have an increased range of programmes, certificates, diplomas and degrees offered in the region. They are developing a new shared campus found in central Tauranga to give all their students a university campus experience.

Bay of Plenty has a sub-tropical climate and has 2,400 hours of sunshine a year. The scenery is fantastic, with the beautiful beaches and harbour. There are an abundance of restaurants, cafes and bars in the area, which makes it a great place to study, work and live. It is a very welcoming place, with people of all cultures and religions being welcomed and celebrated in our city. For some students knowing that the area they study has a buzzing nightlife scene is super important. Bay of Plenty’s night life has certainly grown in the past few years, with many nightclubs and bars that cater to both the ‘mature’ and younger crowds.

Bay of Plenty schools and universities have low rations of international students to non-international, meaning it will be easier for you to meet Kiwi friends and practice your English language skills. You will really feel a part of the community here.

If you go to the University of Waikato’s Tauranga campus, then you will benefit from their smaller class sizes than most other universities have. The small class sizes allow students to get to know each other better and have more one-to-one interactions with lecturers, which is great for their education. Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic also has smaller classes sizes to give students more of a personal experience and benefit from more support and attention.

The Bay of Plenty is perfect for students as it has low living costs. Student accommodation and rented places are much cheaper in the Bay of Plenty than in Auckland or other cities. Your money will go further in Bay of Plenty due to lower prices for not just living but other amenities. This means that you can do more for less!

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