Honors Study Abroad: New Zealand

This course will include topics in strengthening historical and cultural understanding, in-depth participation in leisure-time activities, and ecotourism in various locations in New Zealand. Students will have a chance to investigate the leading industries associated with cultural ecology and ecotourism, gain an understanding of working farms of New Zealand, gain an understanding of family life, leisure time, and traditions in New Zealand. 

This program will give students a great option to be physically active while experiencing many different types of environmentally and culturally enriching outdoor activities in an educational setting.  

Dates: Moved to Winter Term December 30, 2021-January 14, 2022

Estimated Program Fee: $4,450 




  • Volcano Mt. Eden and Sky Tower tour in Auckland
  • Work with Department of Conservation Rangers on the island of Motuihe, hiking part of the island 
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds 
  • Tour of Hobbiton movie site (where part of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed)
  • Ecotourism destination: Polynesian pool tour 
  • Ecotourism destination: Te Puia Geothermal Park and Pohutu Geyser 
  • Ecotourism destination: Mountain biking 
  • Tamaki Maori Village cultural evening including Hangi dinner 
  • Ecotourism destination: National Park visit to Huka Falls
  • Ecotourism destination:  Whitewater rafting Tongariro River tour 
  • Rotopounamu, hiking Greenstone Lake 
  • New Zealand farm tour and farm stay historical tour includes topics on sheep, honey stations, and a community service projects 
  • Vineyard and beach excursions including historic hikes and bike riding 
  • New Zealand church site visit/interview with members
  • Ecotourism & historical visit; Mataatua House that Came Home 
  • Te Papa National Museum
  • Salt water hot pools
  • Educational site visit and tour 
  • And more! 


Students may use this course (LSTS 4850) to fulfill the Interdisciplinary Seminar requirement for the Honors minors (UH 3500). To do so, students must have a 3.25 or higher and complete the Honors Study Abroad Application in addition to the program application (see links below).

More Information and Program Application