**Excursions may not be available for all programs and sessions. Some excursions may be optional and will cost an additional fee.**​


Auckland And Rotorua & Bridging Cultures Program

Kick-off your semester abroad with ISA during our four-day Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) in exciting Auckland and Rotorua. The BCP integrates our ISA on-site orientation with exciting activities aimed at introducing Kiwi culture, helping you define your study abroad goals, and encouraging you to meet other students. Activities include visit to Hobbiton, a traditional ceremony and hangi dinner at a Maori marae (meeting house), a visit to the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland hot springs and a dip in Green and Blue lakes, a stop at Hamilton Gardens, the opportunity to learn the world-famous Haka, and most importantly, an informative, interactive, and memorable start to your study abroad experience.


Located approximately one hour south from Dunedin lies the stunning region of the Catlins. This region hosts some of New Zealand's rarest animals including yellow eyed penguins and fur seals. During this day excursion, you will have a chance to see many of the regions highlights including waterfalls, wildlife, and majestic geological wonders.

Cultural Activities in Dunedin

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Dunedin. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Dunedin special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included movie nights, art galleries, brewery tour, and local volunteer day.


North Otago Region And Lake Tekapo

You will spend the weekend learning about the Otago regions unique geological history and wildlife by exploring the northern part of the region, followed by stargazing at the night sky and the unique constellations, while lounging in the hot springs. On this overnight excursion students will discover a glimpse of the majestic South Island landscape and what makes this area so unique to New Zealand.


During this excursion you will get to experience one of New Zealand's wonders and have the opportunity to participate in some incredible activities. Starting off with a visit to Arrowtown to pan for gold, you will get to experience for yourself the ways in which early settlers sought to find their fortunes in gold. Next, you will visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, a rehabilitation center for native birds and get to see the elusive (and nocturnal) Kiwi bird. On the way home, you will travel to Naseby and try your hand at curling, a Scottish sport that is integral to Otago's heritage.