Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you into the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Dunedin based Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities may change each semester.
In addition to the TEAN events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Dunedin and throughout New Zealand – ranging from community events to music festivals. We aim to tap you into the local culture right from the start.


Let the Catlins captivate you. You will journey through rural heartland of forest, past rugged coastlines, hidden lakes, beaches, and stunning waterfalls. The natural landscapes are beautiful, and the wildlife is extraordinary. 


Located in beautiful Lake Tekapo in the heart of the South Island in New Zealand.  At the base of Mount John which you can hike up and see supreme views of iconic Lake Tekapo and the mountain ranges beyond.  The hot springs will provide an ultimate soak in relaxation amongst the natural beauty of a pristine alpine environment.  


Get closer to unique Southern Ocean animals.  Dunedin’s one-stop shop for wild experiences. See royal albatross, fur seals, penguins and many other species.  Cruise the Dunedin harbour in this iconic boat.   


During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know New Zealand better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.


New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural environments this planet has to offer and is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports! From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, whitewater rafting raging rapids and hiking glaciers, you won’t be bored or disappointed! This excursion is usually offered as a mid-semester break excursion. 


The name “Fiji” conjures up images of lazy days in a tropical paradise and breathtaking sunsets. Scratch beneath the surface and you’ll also find some of the loveliest people to complement the stunning landscape. An optional excursion exclusively for TEAN Bond students, take advantage of this pre- or post-semester trip. 


From the world famous blue water and white sands of Bondi Beach to the iconic Opera House & Harbour Bridge, this adventure is the perfect way to experience the diversity of Sydney. During your long weekend, you will get a birds eye view of the city from the Sydney Tower Eye, explore the Botanical Gardens, hit the waves with a surf lesson, cruise along the Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk, and enjoy a spectacular dinner cruise on Sydney Harbor, and so much more. This weekend, designed to expose you to the life of a Sydneysider, will leave you wanting more of Australia’s largest city!


The laid-back coastal city of Byron Bay is paradise for those who want to experience vibrant and eclectic community of people and beautiful beaches. Surfing is a favorite past time for the locals and tourists alike.  Students will have the opportunity to kayak with the dolphins, visit a local organic farm, and check out the farthest eastern point of Australia and the famous Byron Bay lighthouse.